Afro-beats have grown in popularity over the last couple of years with artists from that genre making their way onto the music charts. This rise in popularity can be attributed to the genre’s pulsating beats and enticing sounds.
Kwame Amponsa known by his stage name ‘Mista Silva’ is relatively new to the Afro-beats scene. After being in the UK Funky House and Grime industry, he wanted to make music that had references to his African background and found the Afro-beats genre to be the right choice. Joining the scene in July 2011, he has thoroughly worked to earn notoriety in the heavily dominated Afro-Beats scene. He is the brainchild behind hits like ‘Boom Boom Tah and Bo Won Sem Ma Me’ that continues to fill up many dance floors around the country. His talent and efforts has been recognised by many and led to his nomination for the Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) award. Mista Silva won the fiercely contested ‘Best Music Act’ award, beating fellow talented artists and nominees: Fuse ODG and Brie Boateng. He was honoured with the GUBA award at the ceremony which took place on the 10th of November 2012 at the Park Plaza Hotel.
Mista Silva acknowledges divine leadership as one of the reasons behind his decision to join the afro-beats scene. In an interview with the Ghana UK Based Achievement (GUBA) awards, he expresses that: ‘this nomination shows that people acknowledge my music and this motivates me to work harder. This is the first award I have ever won and I will always cherish it’
Referencing the constant violence in popular music, he draws inspiration from knowing that he is presenting the youth with an alternative, with the hope that his music can encapsulate the youth with its non-violent approach. Projecting the Ghanaian and African culture through his songs, he hopes to send the message that: Africans in the diaspora are playing their part in putting Africa on the map. Alongside music, Mista Silva is also part of an Events Management Company known as Fresh to Death Entertainment. Fresh to Death Entertainment organises and hosts a series of events across the UK.
He looks to make his mark in the next couple of years stating: ‘In the next 5 to 10 years I hope to have fulfilled my purpose on earth. I believe that God has a vision for all of us and I hope that I can find mine and achieve it. In doing so, I also hope that I can inspire others to follow their purpose and believe in themselves’
By Claudia Andrews.