AML 094: (Exclusive) Interview with D-Black, hip-hop artist & business mogul on the business of music in Ghana

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Born in Accra, Ghana to a father who was a businessman and a mother who was a public servant, Desmond Kwesi Blackmore aka D-Black, nevertheless, grew up in a single-parent home. Growing up, his mother disapproved of hip-hop music in the home. Nevertheless, D-Black found a way to gain access to it through his elder siblings who introduced him to the likes of Jadakiss from the LOX, Nas, Bone Thugs and Harmony, Dr. Dre, Biggie, and Tupac. By secondary (high) school, D-Black had begun writing his own lyrics and performing them, informally, for his schoolmates.

In 2004, he got his opportunity to enter Ghana’s music industry through the help of a friend who got him featured on one of Ghana’s top artists Obrafour. D-Black sang the hook on Obrafour’s song “Execution Diary.” He later collaborated with even more local artists, formed a band ‘Da Limit’ before focusing his attention on his freshman album “Target Practice.” In 2008 he released his hit single “Move” off the Target Practice album. It featured one of Ghana’s rising stars Kwaku-t, a former Big Brother South Africa contestant. D-Black and Kwaku-t self-produced and marketed the album through his company Black Avenue Works. In 2009, ‘Move’ was nominated in the ‘Best West African Category’ at the 2009 Channel O Music Video Awards in South Africa. He has since gone on to win numerous prestigious awards and become a recognizable name in Africa’s music industry, and a formidable business mogul in Ghana.

He joins Ms. Uduak, host, on the 94th episode of The Africa Music Law show to discuss the business of music in Ghana.

Preview

  • D-Black’s personal background
  • Breaking into Ghana’s music business
  • How Ghana’s music business works
  • Challenges with distribution, licensing, and artist rights.
  • D-Black’s latest ventures and projects

Where to Find D-Black

Twittter.com/D-BlackGH

Where to Find Ms.Uduak

Twitter: @uduaklaw
Website: www.msuduak.com

About The Africa Music Law Show with Ms. Uduak

Hosted by California-based Fashion & Entertainment Lawyer Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak), The Africa Music Law show is a show empowering the African artist through brilliant music business and entertainment law commentary and analysis, industry news, and exclusive interviews. The show has been downloaded over 200,000 times and made iTunes top 4 ‘New & Noteworthy.’ Subscribers include Africa & Hollywood’s power executives, investors, lawyers, artists and other industry stakeholders. The blog itself has been cited in a U.S. top-ranked law school’s ‘International Law Review’ journal. Country demographic: Nigeria (26%), USA (23%), UK (15%), UAE (7%), and Other (29%). 

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