Ghana’s Stevie Wonder Has Been Discovered!!! Check Out The Amazing Story Of Kenzey


Waguan Kuulpeeps?

Y’all know Stevie Wonder right?

Now guess what, we have discovered Ghana’s Stevie Wonder in Legon.

Meet Kenzey a level 400 Political Science student who did not let visual impairment prevent him from doing music.


He shared his amazing story with us. Get ready to be blown away by Kenzey’s amazing story.

Kuulpeeps Legon: Kenzey! What’s up?

Kenzey: I’m good, just tired because of the runs I had to do yesterday, but I’m doing well

Kuulpeeps Legon: Okay…So Kenzey can you tell us the name your parents gave you cos we just know the name Kenzey.

Kenzey: Yeah my name is Ayikwao Kennedy.

Kuulpeeps Legon: So why the name Kenzey?

Kenzey: Kenzey because when I was looking for a name for my brand, that’s what came to mind because of the close connection it seems to have with, Kennedy. But actually, Kenzey is a female’s name, it means the daughter of a very firing woman, so basically it’s like “obia nε ni su yε shi”, you understand. Yeah, so that’s the origin of the name Kenzey. I got to know later that it was a female name but I decided to keep it.

Kuulpeeps Legon: Are you a Ga?

Kenzey: eerrm I’m a Northerner…

Kuulpeeps Legon: ohh really,

Kenzey: yeah no one has asked me this question in all the interviews I’ve been to.

Kuulpeeps Legon: but your surname doesn’t sound or look like a Northern name, it’s more like a Ga name.

Kenzey: Yeah, but it doesn’t matter, there’s a long history to it

Kuulpeeps Legon: So which part of the Northern Region do you come from?

Kenzey: Tatale

Kuulpeeps Legon: and both of your parents are Northerners?

Kenzey: Yeah they are.

Kuulpeeps Legon: Do you have siblings?

Kenzey: yeah I do, I have three sisters and a brother and I’m the second child, I have a big sister, she is the eldest.

Kuulpeeps Legon: If you don’t mind, could you tell us the history behind your name?

Kenzey: Its a very long thing, it’s generational, how it fell on my grandfather before my grandfather had to finally accept it. It was not supposed to be my surname, you know because of the Ayikwao history, so my grandfather’s siblings don’t have Ayikwao as their surname, he is the only one who has the surname, Ayikwao, that’s why I’m saying the history is quite a long thing, it can even be a whole interview (laughs).

Kuulpeeps Legon: Kenzey the question we are about to ask is quite sensitive, we don’t know how you gonna approach it but tell us how did you become visually impaired, were you born visually impaired?

Kenzey: Lemme say something before I go on, this is not a sensitive question okay, it’s a normal question I think you should ask because if you are tall and I’m asking you why you are tall and how you became tall, it’s not sensitive, is it? If you are tall and someone says you are tall, the person is not insulting you, he is just stating or reiterating the fact that you are tall, so I don’t see it as a sensitive question. Well, I was not born visually impaired, I became totally blind in 2007. The whole problem began when I was a kid around 5 years, and eerrm we went to the hospital for the diagnosis to be made to ascertain what really was the problem and they identified that one of the eyes had a problem, so they prescribed a corrective lens which was supposed to prevent the exacerbation of the problem with the eye and probably help in restoring the eye and instead of the prescription which was the lens to actually address the problem with the right eye but the glass which was lensed was not the right glass rather the left glass, it was a medical error, so that was what got the other eye affected. Gradually it was going down until finally, it left.

Kuulpeeps Legon: So how did you cope or handle the situation when you went blind?

Kenzey: ohh I didn’t really have a problem, I was so normal because the problem had started earlier and I had to stop Crown Prince and now attend the school for the blind, so when I went to school for the blind, I could still see, I could partially see. I knew my environment and I was comfortable, so when I became totally blind, I didn’t have any problem, it was normal for me because I was living in an environment full of visual impairs, so it was not difficult for me, it was a normal thing.

Kuulpeeps Legon: interesting, now tell us, how did this music thing start?

Kenzey: Well music as a career started two years ago, but before then I used to do one or two stuff with music. I used to sing in churches and at some parties. So I actually could sing and then Sarkodie came into the music scene and he was everywhere so I wanted to be like Sarkodie. I’ve said this and I will keep on saying it anywhere, I wanted to be like Sarkodie so I started rapping Sarkodie’s songs and friends told me that Ken, you could do your own, so tried my own and it worked so that was when I started rapping and I could sing also, but I didn’t take it seriously until somewhere last two years when Legon Hall organized an artist night during the Hall Week, so I was asked, no I was actually forced to go and perform and when I performed, it good so that was when I decided to take it seriously.

Kuulpeeps Legon: So what was the crowd’s reaction when you performed? did they enjoy your performance?

Kenzey: Yeah! actually, this was what happened, they didn’t want me to perform in the first place…

Kuulpeeps Legon: did they give you any reason why they didn’t want you to perform?

Kenzey: Yeah! they said they were putting five young artists on the bill and I did not enter my name early so… those who worked out the thing for me, entered my name early but it was not captured as early as it should have, so when I got there, they were kinda reluctant to give me the chance but they finally did, so when I got to the backstage, and when I was going onto the stage, I had two instrumentals, I didn’t have a song but I had some raps so I had two instrumentals to go and perform with but they told me I could only do one and I said okay no problem. So I did some rap thing and I created a hook it was simple, it was some “ya sεi hor ya sεi hor” stuff, and just did a twisting rap with it and everybody was like wow, so the organizers who earlier said I could perform only one track were now saying naaah just leave the guy, allow him to do this thing, so they quickly came for the pen drive and copied the other instrumental and played it and I did a rap on it too. So after the performance, I had an interview with 4 Syte TV. So that was what basically gave me the drive to start doing music. And after I was done with that, I had the chance to perform at the Airtel Trace Stars, I was one of the guest artists, we were actually six guest artists, it was nice, there was Efya, Joey B, Pappy Kojo, and at that time, E.L was everywhere with his “koko” song, yeah, we performed at the National Theatre, it was great and by then I had recorded my first song titled: “I’m a star”.

Kuulpeeps Legon: since you had your breakthrough at the Legon Hall Week  Artiste Night and also being a guest artist at Airtel Trace Stars where you met people like E.L, have you had the chance to record with any big name act in Ghana?

Kenzey: No, not yet

Kuulpeeps Legon: okay, but have you interacted with any of them?

Kenzey: mmmm, not really but I have with some artists, eerrm people Article Wan, Chameleon, Luther, Rashid Metal, I’ve made contact with all of them and I even have a song with Rashid Metal and I also did a song with Chameleon.

Kuulpeeps Legon: Okay, lemme take you back a bit. You mentioned earlier that Sarkodie’s songs inspired you to start doing music, so is he your favorite musician in Ghana?

Kenzey: Favorite musician? I don’t have a favorite musician, I am my favorite musician

Kuulpeeps Legon: So you don’t have a favorite musician?

Kenzey: No, but I have people I admire, so someone like Sarkodie is my source of inspiration, he inspired me to learn how to rap, so if I can rap today, its because Sarkodie inspired me.

Kuulpeeps Legon: Kenzey, you are in school and also doing music at the same time, how do you combine the music with your studies?

Kenzey: I’m that kind of person that can learn very fast, I’m not a slow learner so I don’t find it difficult when learning because if I were a slow learner, it means I would have to spend a lot of time on my books which will mean that I would not have enough time for my music, yeah so I’m that kind of person who can sit down the whole semester without opening my books and I will open my books just once and go and write the exams and pass.

Kuulpeeps Legon: you are a shark then

Kenzey: oh, I’m just a fast learner, because I don’t require much time to learn to understand, so I’m able to have time for my music.

Kuulpeeps Legon: so what’s the future like for you, are you going to go strictly with music after school or are you going to further your education and perhaps combine with the music?

Kenzey: Oh furthering my education, definitely I will further my education and also continue with the music.

Kuulpeeps Legon: We know you love music, so apart from music what other things do you like doing?

Kenzey: ohh I like football, I love to play football

Kuulpeeps Legon: Wow and how do you do it?

Kenzey: yeah, erm there’s a special football that we use, it has bells in it, so that is all you need if you can’t see the ball all you need to do is to locate the ball by the sound of the bells in the ball, it’s not difficult.

Kuulpeeps Legon: So what position do you play?

Kenzey: oh I like to play in the middle

Kuulpeeps Legon: oh wow, a midfielder, like Kante huh? (laughs)

Kenzey: (laughs) yeaaah.

Kuulpeeps Legon: Kenzey! it’s been great talking to you, thank you for having us, could you give us your social media accounts so people who are interested in your music can follow you?

Kenzey: oh okay Kenzey Gh on facebook and instagram and Gh Kenzey on twitter.

Click on the link below to download and listen to Kenzey’s new music title “Senior Senior”


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