Martin King Arthur popularly known as Kofi Kinaata is a Ghanaian musician and song writer. He is popularly known for his fanti rap and freestyle and therefore known as the Fanti Rap God (FRG).
Kofi Kinaata was born and raised in Effiakuma, a residential town in the Western Region of Ghana. He completed his secondary education at the Takoradi Technical Institute.
Just after High school, Kofi Kinaata was the 1st runner up for the Melody FM Kasahari Battle in 2009. He is noted for his lyrical dexterity in terms of unique rhyme schemes and humorous Fante rap style with a touch of traditional African proverbs in his local language to entertain and educate morally.
Made in Taadi
In December 2015, he released a song “Made In Taadi” which was a jam for most Fante people due to the link to their famous “Ankos” (Fancy dress and Masqueraders Xmas Carnival) annual festival which happens during Christmas.
In 2016 he released yet another banger in December, “Confession” with most people relating the song to “Jesus Take The Wheel”.
The song became Avram Grant’s favourite Ghanaian track as at the time it was released. He told Bola Ray in his last interview before he retired as a Ghana Black Stars Coach.
Kinaata’s “Confession” was used in 2017 as the theme song by the Minority party (NDC) as a tease to the majority in parliament (NPP) to describe the state of the nation after the President and Speaker of Parliament have their address, that God should come and take the national wheel.
The Ghana Black Stars also danced a “Confession” group dance as a form of celebration anytime they score a goal during the AFCON 2017 Tournament.
In the same year, the lyrics of confession, was featured by a lecturer in a Level 200 first Semester course (Poems for English Literature 263) Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.
The song received considerable playtime and moved to the Top 10 songs in 2016. He won the Song Writer of the Year and Best New Artiste of the Year awards at the 2016 edition of the Ghana Music awards.
Kofi Kinaata has done major collaborations with artistes such as; Sarkodie, Jayso, Castro, Becca among others. One major collaboration that blew him to the mainstream and lamplight was “Odo Pa” by Castro which featured Kinaata and Ghana Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan. The track was a hit all over the continent and won awards locally and internationally. Castro was a god-father and an inspiration to him since he grew up seeing him, and help him with his entry in the industry.
Samini and Tony Pun signed Kofi Kinaata unto the Samini Music/ High Grade Family record label in 2013.
Kofi Kinaata took home three (3) different awards at the 2017 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards :
- Highlife song of the year (CONFESSION)
- Songwriter of the year
- Highlife artiste of the year
He won the Song Writer of the Year and Best New Artiste of the Year awards at the 2016 edition of the Ghana Music awards. Kofi Kinaata is currently managed by Tony Pan, CEO of High Grade Family.