Ghanaian musician and composer Martin King Arthur, better known by his stage name Kofi Kinaata, was born in Takoradi on April 15, 1990.
He grew up in the Ghanaian Western Region’s residential town of Effiakuma. He finished his secondary education at Takoradi Technical Institute after attending Nana Brempong Yaw School.
Kofi Kinaata competed in the Melody FM (Kasahari) rap competition shortly after graduating from high school, placing second in 2009. In 2011, he dropped his debut single, “Obi Ne Ba.”
At the Ghana Music Awards, Kofi Kinaata has won Songwriter of the Year three times in a row.
He released the song “Made in Taadi” in December 2015, and most Fante loved it because it linked to their well-known yearly “Ankos” (Fancy Dress and Masqueraders Xmas Carnival) festival, which takes place during Christmas.
His 2016 single “Confession” was compared to “Jesus Take The Wheel” by most listeners.
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology’s English department has adapted an abbreviated version of the song’s lyrics in English for a Level 200 semester course (English Literature 263).
In 2017, the Minority Party (NDC) teased the majority in parliament (NPP) by using Kinaata’s “Confession” as their theme song to depict the situation of the country.
During the AFCON 2017 Tournament, the Ghana Black Stars also performed a collective dance called “Confession” to celebrate every goal scored.
In 2016, the song gained a lot of airplay and entered Ghana’s Top 10. In the 2016 Ghana Music Awards, he took home the Song Writer of the Year and Best New Artiste of the Year titles.VGMA
A 2019 release titled “Things Fall Apart” has been at the top of music charts for weeks on many platforms, including Boomplay AfroBeats rankings, Audiomack Ghana Top 20, and iTunes Ghana Top 100. Music lovers praised the song, which was produced by TwoBars, saying it was one of the best-penned songs to date. Other celebrities who have given the song high ratings include Asamoah Gyan, Michael Essien, Kwami Sefa Kai, Phillip Osei Bonsu, Sadick Adams, KiDi, Efya, Berla Mundi, and Joe Beecham.
Among the artists with whom Kofi Kinaata has worked extensively are Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Samini, Stonebwoy, Kwesi Arthur, Jayso, Castro, and Becca. The song “Odo Pa” by Castro, which featured Kinaata and Ghana Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan, was one significant collaboration that catapulted him into the public eye and spotlight. The song earned accolades both domestically and abroad and became popular throughout the continent. Castro helped him with his introduction into the profession and served as a godfather and inspiration to him when he was a child.
In 2013, Samini and Tony Pun signed Kofi Kinaata to their musical company, Samini Music/High Grade Family. Kofi Kinaata departed the label in 2018, when his five-year deal with the management came to an end. He is currently an independent musician and the manager of “Team Move Music.”
One of the largest musical events in Ghana’s Western and Central Regions is the yearly “Made in Taadi Concert.” Fans of Kofi Kinaata as well as individuals from various social classes attend the show. For this show, fans travel from close and far.
Artists like Stonebwoy, Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Pappy Kojo, Joey B, Kwaw Kese, Medikal, Kidi, Edem, and others have all attended the performance.
According to the Ghana Event Awards, it was one of the top 100 events in Ghana in 2019.