Meet Edem Ayigbe, one of the fastest rising hip-hop stars out of Ghana (GH). Edem delivers GH Rap in a fiery way that connects with Ghanaians and non-Ghanaians alike.
“Ayigbe Edem was born in Dzodze in the Volta Region of Ghana. He is the only son of his now deceased parents and has one sister. . . The young Edem spent most part of his toddler and teenage years in Accra and Aflao. He started his primary education at the Amazing Love School, and then continued there for his junior high school. As a product of the secondary school system in Ghana, he proceeded to Bishop Herman College for his senior high school education. Unfortunately, he lost his mum at age 14 . . . Rather painful for a young child. At age 17, he also lost his dad leaving just him and his sister. Edem grew up surrounded by music in his locality and music from across the world ranging from hip-hop to dancehall, reggae and hi-life.
By the age of nine, Edem was usually caught hitting tables, empty tins and any item that could produce good rhythm. He took off with his first music group in junior high. In senior high, he formed a 6 member group called the Ringmasters. They performed at the school’s entertainment programs as well as at funfairs held in other schools. They usually did singing, rapping and dancing. After completion of senior high school, he proceeded with his quest to build a commercial career in music for himself. he recorded uncountable songs in the underground with the likes of Kokromoti, Nival, Trigmatic, Vyroz,M.O.B and Osibo
In 2006 he released his first radio hit single “WOTOME WOSHI” which literally translates as “we came and they run”. It gained much popularity in his region and added to his underground reputation as a talent to look out for. It was in this same year that he got together officially with The Last Two Entertainment Group, headed by the hit maker Edward Osei, aka Hammer. This record label is responsible for bringing up artists like Obrafour (an Akan artist) in 1997, Tinny (a Ga artist in 2002) and the madman Kwaw Kesse (a Fante artist) in 2005.
During his career advancement, Ayigbe Edem also made a lot of appearances at life shows, the major of which was as the opening act for the John Legend concert organised by Charterhouse and held at the International Conference Center in Accra. Before his debut album, He did a lot of collaborations with other acts, the major one being with Obrafour for a TiGo telecommunications promotion. He went on a national tour with him, sponsored by TiGo. After spending two years in the studio (2006 December to 2008 December), he came up with his first single “bougez” which received a lot of airplay from radio stations across the country. He later came up with his first album which featured a lot of new as well as established acts such as Tinny, Kwaw Kesse, Sarkodie, Obour, Asem, K. k. Fosu, Tuba, Samini, Jayso, Trigmatic, El and Gemini.
Edem has appeared on major shows like Stars of the Future Season 3 Finales, Ghana Music Awards (2009) and all major university concerts. He has been a part of the University of Ghana’s Commonwealth Hall week, Akuafo Hall week, Evandy Hostel(Legon) week celebration, Pentagon Hostel week celebration, Miss WA Poly, Miss Ho Poly and KNUST’s Unity Hall week celebration.
He has become a household name in neighboring Togo as we share the Ewe dialect. . .”
Check out his latest work ‘The Legacy.’
Origin: Abor. Volta Region. Ghana
Genres: R&B. Hip Hop. Hip Life
Occupation:Singer, rapper, songwriter
Years active: 2003 – To present
Influences:Eminem, Mase, Bob Marley Buster Rhymes, Lil Wayne and Wyclef.
Record Label: The Last Two Entertainment Group
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