Photo: Randy Derykk courtesy of Kofi Mole.

Interview: Ghanaian Rapper Kofi Mole Is Up Next

Kofi Mole is a clear front runner within a new generation of hip-hop artists that have Ghana's streets buzzing.

Edward Kofi Agyemang Amoah is the 24-year-old rapper better known as Kofi Mole. True to his name—Kofi for 'Friday born' and Mole slang for 'hot guy' or 'go-getter'—he first rose to fame upon the release of his hit song "Mensah" with Ghanaian rapper, Kwesi Arthur.

Months later, he was featured on Sarkodie's "Biibi Ba" which was nominated for Best Hip Hop Song and Best Edited Video at the 2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards. By October 2019, he had released his highly-anticipated 5-track tape, Aposor Love. His hit song "Don't Be Late" would amass three million streams and get him a 3Music Award for Next Rated Act.

Despite "Don't Be Late" being one of his biggest songs to date, there weren't great expectations for it. Kofi and his team had no idea it would be as big as it got. Perhaps the magic lied in the visuals behind the song. "I'm the type of artist that already has the video direction in my head before I am done recording a song," Kofi mentions. "I'm always waiting for the video to express my feelings and everything I meant in the song. I know visuals are very powerful. You can drop audio and then the visuals will come out and the song will start charting." Maybe Kofi's fan base—dubbed Aposor Gang—played the biggest role in ensuring the song reached the heights it did. Kofi acknowledges them when he says, "My fans are my pillar. I can't do without them at all."

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