Celebrated Ghanaian Musician, ‘The Maestro’ Kojo Antwi, also known as Mr Music Man, has been honored in Burkina Faso.
Kojo Antwi is the first-ever Ghanaian honoree at the BET Awards who has also received the Kora Award.
He has once again been honored at the Marley D’or 18 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on Friday, May 11, 2018.
The date marked 37 years since Reggae Music legend, Bob Marley passed on.
The event, became an annual one since he passed on.
It is in commemoration of the legacy of Bob Marley, the positivity of his lyrics, the potency of his social, cultural and political commentary. Not forgetting the beauty of his music and the worldwide promotion he gave the Reggae music genre.
It is in line with these that organizers honored Reggae musicians of African heritage who continue to bear the torch.
The Marley D’or celebrates Reggae music icons whose craft helps identify African music in a world now mostly fixated on pop and its quick imitation for commerce.
Alpha Blondy, Kojo Antwi and Lucky Dube are outstanding performers of Reggae music who have inspired and influenced many in Africa from the 80s to date. It is thus not surprising that this honour was conferred on one of them at this year’s event.
The Maestro’s honor was for his notable contribution to Reggae music and its promotion of culture and tourism.
“Believing in our art and maintaining our difference, like Bob Marley did, are what make African musicians and creatives like Mr. Music Man KOJO ANTWI unique and timeless”, said the organizers.
Gracing the event were other celebrated reggae artistes. They included; Ishmael Isaacs (Ivory Coast), Solo Koko Dembele (Mali), Oscibi Johan (Burkina Faso), Hah Hunt (Ivory Coast) and Kwamy Mensah (Spain).
The Marley D’or 2018 adds to The singer-songwriter and outstanding live performer’s many national and international honors.
He has over 130 songs to his credit, many of them Reggae, Highlife or Afro Pop.
Watch photos of Kojo Antwi perform at the 2018 Marley D’or below: