“Fante rap god” Kofi Kinaata is no longer with Samini’s High Grade Family label. The announcement was made via a statement signed by High Grade Family manager Tony Pun, January 26.
In the five years that Kinaata was with the label, he has risen to become a true A-List act, publishing several hit songs and bagging multiple awards in the process. He has also grown his fanbase, Team Move, into one of the country’s biggest, rivalling followers from Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Sarkodie among other ace GH acts.
In the statement, the Hight Grade Family extolled Kinaata’s growth and ingenuity over the years, also emphasising that the move “now opens the doorway for Kofi Kinaata to determine his next line of action and further grow his musical prowess”.
It is unlikely that the rapper (known privately as Martin King Arthur) will join another label. Rather he looks poised to flow his independent label.
Kofi Kinaata, while he’s still significantly young, is already a respected songwriter in the country for his depth of thought and mastery over storytelling –something which has seen him pick up the VGMA laurel for ‘Songwriter of the Year” more than once.
He recently released videos for his songs “Last Show”, “Time No Dey”, and “Single and Free”.
Read the full statement below:
The Management of HighGradeFamily wishes to acknowledge and congratulate our Award-winning versatile rising musician Kofi Kinaata, on seeing through His contract with our label.
As a label, we have nurtured, supported and watched Kofi grow into such an amazing, versatile performer and musician and He will continue to enjoy support from the label and HighGradeFamily fan base across the country.
We believe this now opens the doorway for Kofi Kinaata to determine his next line of action and further grow his musical prowess. He is now available to work with any other party on his own terms as he grows his craft and fan base #TeamMove
We wish Kofi well, and will continue to support in all ways we can.
Anthony Pun Daning,