By: Staff –
Hamilton-based afro soul artist Kojo Easy Damptey is back with a new live video for his track “Giants”, which you can watch exclusively on Aesthetic Magazine below.
Born and raised in Ghana, Kojo is an award-winning musician whose music spans genres from hip-hop, high-life, soul and funk – the perfect Afro-Soul combo. His tunes are filled with poignant lyrics meant to address societal issues in an attempt to enact change in the world. His debut album “Daylight Robbery” was released in October 2013 and featured the likes of Canadian Winter, Sara London, Lee Reed and Mother Tareka. The record won Pop recording of the year at the 2015-Hamilton Music Awards.
“The album is inspired by what I call “giants”, these are various individuals who have done work that nobody knows about,” says Kojo. “Amilcar Cabral is a quintessential example of that idea. For people of colour especially, we have all of these giants that we ourselves don’t even know about because we’re busy learning about what western society wants us to know. These giants have been in existence, they’ve been around, they’ve been rebelling and fighting the things that stopped them from reaching their full potential. And we need to take up that mantle and continue to resist and maybe that’ll lead us to a better future. That’s the whole concept of the songs on the record.”
His new album is a decolonizing creative process aimed at using music to capture the myriad experiences of people of color. The album builds on the tradition of resistance and resilience that people of color around the world have shown in the fight to combat the ill effects of colonization. It will be released in the fall to celebrate the life of Amilcar Cabral one of Africa’s anti-colonial leaders. The album will feature fellow Ghanaian musicians Mutombo da Poet and WanLov the Kubolor. Other featured musicians on the album include Hip-Hop group Canadian Winter and Syrian born rapper Mother Tareka.