Identified as the King of GH-Rap and an African Hip-Hop Star, he goes by the birth name Desmond Kwesi Blackmore , better known in showbiz circles as D-Black, Ghanas premiere Anglophone hip hop artist.
D-black is a music business entrepreneur executive producer and multiple award-winning Anglophone hip hop artist from Ghana. Outside of making music, he runs his own marketing / advertising / events firm Black Avenue Works that specialize in corporate & social events, product / brand marketing and advertising . There are subsidiary companies of Black Avenue Works that D-Black is director of namely Black Avenue Muzik, an independent Record Label and Distribution outlet and Black Avenue TV. He is currently signed to Universal Music Group, Africa. D-Black has won numerous awards and received countless award nominations following the release his Music, Love & Life debut solo album in 2010 and currently has the number 1 song in Ghana at the moment, the azonto club banger VERA off his sophomore album The Revelation released in December 2012. Hes won a total of 10 awards with a whopping 53 award nominations in his 4 year music career.
On the 24th of September 2010, D-Black da Ghana Bwouy released his debut solo album titled ‘Music, Love & Life’ off his Black Avenue Muzik label. The Albums first single Somebody was officially released six months before the albums release on the 2nd of April 2010. The song Somebody made it into the Ghanaian top 10 Charts on 9 Radio stations around the country barely 3 weeks after its release. Following the huge success of his first single, D-Black followed up in August with an even bigger record Get on da dance floor ft. Dr. Cryme. This club banger true to its title hit the dance floors heavy all around the country and Africa almost immediately. The award winning video for this banger of a tune was released in November with a follow up remix to the song released in February 2011 where D-Black featured Nigerias Ice Prince & Kel, South Africas HHP, Efya and Dr. Cryme from Ghana. Keeping the appetite of D-Blacks fans still whet, he released the video for a grimey non-commercial hiphop track off his album Believe for the true hiphop fans. The Official music video for the third single off D-Blacks Music, Love and Life album titled Asabone dropped on the 1st of May 2011.
Before all of this ,D-Black da Ghana Bwouy between December 2008 and July 2009 dropped two major singles off his joint mixtape album Target Practice with ex-big brother Africa housemate, Kwaku-T. The self executive produced album which was marketed by D-Blacks Black Avenue Works firm boasted the singles Move which was nominated in the Best West African Category at the 2009 Channel O Music Awards in South Africa and Breathe ft. Jayso. Breathe received countless awards nominations and award wins continentally. Rapping in only the English dialect fused with pidgin English , before his solo career, the D-Black and Kwaku-t duo were the first and only hip hop artists to be nominated for a Ghana Music Award in its eleven year history, rapping in English, with their music Video Breathe directed by Gyo of Phamous Philms winning the Best Video of the Year Award 2010 and nominated for Best Hip hop song of the Year D-Black snagged a whooping 27 award nominations between 2009 and 2011. The first at the 2009 Channel O Music Video Awards for Most Gifted West Music Video for Move, the first music video off the Target Practice album. Following this nomination the D-Black & Kwaku-t duo were nominated at the Ghana Music Awards in 2010 for hiphop song of the year and Music Video of the year, winning the award for music video of the year for the video for Breathe. Soon afterwards the duo were again nominated at the 2010 Channel O Music Video Awards in South Africa, leading the Ghanaian nomination list and attaining the position of the second highest most nominated african at the awards ceremony with nominations for Most Gifted Hip Hop Video and Most Gifted Video of the Year again for Breathe. At this point the duo begun recording solo albums with D-Black releasing his first single Somebody ft. Kwabena Kwabena a month after the 2010 Ghana Music Awards. Somebody was an instant hit in Ghana and soon after the self directed music video premiered on continental television networks introducing D-Black as a solo artist to the rest of Africa. 2010 was the beginning of a successful career for the young entrepreneur as D-Black snagged two nominations as a solo artist at the 2010 Sound City Music Video Awards in Lagos ,Nigeria for Best Collaboration in a Music Video for his Somebody song/video and Sound City Freshest Video for his Believe Music Video as well as winning at the 2010 African Music Awards , U.K for Best African Music Video for Breathe. Also grabbing a whooping five nominations at the 4Syte Music Video Awards 2010 in Ghana and winning two of them in the categories of Best Collaboration and Best Storyline in a Music Video. The man voted by MNet Africa as Africas 2nd Best Rapper for 2010 and 6th Most Stylish Male Celebrity for 2010 finally dropped his much awaited debut solo album on the 24th of September 2010 titled Music, Love & Life. An incredibly packed album launch party in Accra sealed his place as the King of Hip hop in Ghana that year. Music is the first love of my life and this album is music from the heart, mind and soul, D-Black says. I believe in African unity and collaborations so this album has a lot of collabos with artists from around the world. This is only the beginning for me, Ghana and Africa as a whole. This is my first album and im amazed at the response i have received so far. My first commercial release was barely 2 years ago and i give all thanks to God up above for bringing me this far said D-Black to the press after the release of his album. D-Black featured on this album, grammy award winning Wyclef Jean, Buffalo Souljah (Zimbabwe), 2 Face Idibia (Nigeria), Dr.Cryme, Reggie Rockstone, Sante, X.O, Ayigbe Edem, Tinny, Sarkodie, Kwaku-t, Guru, Iwan, Efya, Samini and Kwabena Kwabena(Ghana) and worked with some of Ghanas most talented producers including U.S.A based billboard chart topping producer Coptic and also Kwam1, Piesie , Killmatic , Sammi Blacc, M.A. , Bra Kevin, Female producer ; Chantelle Myers , Green Gafacci , E.L, Jounide and Waxi. Music, Love & Love sold thousands of units across the Africa and is hands down one of the most successful anglophone hiphop album from Ghana continentally till date. Music, Love & Life received six nominations at the 2011 Ghana Music Awards with Get on da dancefloor winning the prestigious Hiphop song of the Year award at the 2011 Ghana Music Awards and a few months after D-Black snagged a Best International Artist nomination at the 2011 BET Awards in Los Angeles, a win at the Ghana Gospel Industry Awards for Alternative Gospel Video of the year for Somebody and a nod at the 2011 Channel O Music Video Awards in South Africa for Best West African Video for the smash hit Get on da dancefloor . Having been appointed United Nations (U.N) Celebrity Ambassador in Ghana in December 2009 for the cause of Environmental degradation, D-Black collaborated with 2 face Idibia (Nigeria), J-town and Kwaku-t on STOP IT ; a song delved around the realization of the United Nations Millennium Developmental Goals which incude HIV/AIDS awareness, Poverty and Domestic Violence/Women Empowerment. D-Black saw this song as his message to society, Ghanaians ,Africans and the world as a whole. He says Joint efforts like this make the world a better place to live in. He was re-appointed in 2011 as United Nations Celebrity Ambassador to fight Hunger in Africa. D-Black was featured on the 2010 BET (BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION) HIPHOP AWARDS CYPHER with 6 other Ghanaian rappers namely Reggie Rockstone, Sarkodie, Edem, Tinny, Kwaku-t & Baby G. This was the first time in the history of the BETHIPHOP AWARDS ,making them the first West African Artists to be featured on the BET CYPHER. This historical feat was directed by BETS Lilian Blankson and aired on the 16TH of October 2010 on the BET INTERNATIONAL NETWORK all over the world to audiences in the U.K, Ireland, Middle East,Australia and Africa. Other artists that have been featured on the BET CYPHER include Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Eminem, Fabolous, Ace Hood, Juelz Santana, Common, KRS 1, Ice Cube, Jadakiss, KNaan and more. D-Black has in his career graced / performed on numerous concerts with a number of international acts and in numerous cities. He performed at the 2013 Chris Brown Live in Ghana Concert, 2011 Ghana Music Awards, The 2010 Channel O Music Video Awards (South Africa) , The 2010 4syte Ghanaian Music Video Awards, The Busta Rhymes in Ghana Concert, The Rick Ross Blowing Money Fast Tour in Ghana Concert, The 2009 Ghana Music Awards , The Jay Z Live in Ghana Concert,The Fat Joe & Omarion Concert in Ghana, Miss Malaika 2011, Ghana Rocks Concert 2009, Ghana Rocks Concert 2010, Ghana Rocks Concert 2011, Ghana Rocks Concert 2012 and performed in Johannesburg, Pretoria & Durban in South Africa, Lagos Nigeria, Los Angeles, Maryland, Washington D.C & New York in the United States and Ghana in Accra, Sunyani, Cape coast, Tamale, Bolgatanga, Takoradi, Tema, Kumasi, Ho and Kwahu on his Nationwide Yes Boss Tour and more. D-Black has shared stages with the likes of Jay-z, Chris Brown,Fat Joe, Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes , Omarion, Ja Rule ,Memphis Bleek, U.K rappers Sway, Tinchy Stryder, Chipmunk and Donaeo, KNaan from Somalia, Wyre from Kenya, Tear Gas, Kwela Thebza from South Africa, P-Square, Banky W, DBanj , 2 Face Idibia, J Martins, Wizkid, Davido from Nigeria as well as Stevie Wonder and more. 2011 saw D-Black making strides internationally making history again as he emerged as the first Ghanaian Hiphop artist to be nominated at the prestigious BET AWARDS for BEST INTERNATIONAL ACT (AFRICA) 2011 with just one album to his credit and was up against artists from Nigeria,South Africa,Benin and Congo namely 2 Face Idibia, DBanj, Tear Gas, Angelique Kidzo and Fally Ipupa. The Best international Africa category was however won by tie with Nigerias DBanj and 2Face Idibia as recipients. Before heading out for the BET Awards ceremony following news of his nomination, D-Black embarked on his first ever nationwide hiphop tour dubbed the The D-Black Yes Boss Tour. D-Black toured the entire country with his crew selling out venues in 10 cities around Ghana including stadiums, Auditoriums and outdoor parks. Thousands of fans thronged to see D-Black anytime he hit their city on his Yes Boss Tour. The D-Black Yes Boss Tour saw D-Black perform in Tamale, Sunyani, Tema, Bolgatanga, Kumasi, Kwahu, Accra, Cape Coast and Takoradi. He was supported by various Ghanaian artists spread accross the cities from Chase, Ruff n Smooth, J-Town,Sarkodie, Yaa Pono, Trigmatic, Stay Jay, Efya, Dr. Cryme, Bradez and more. This historical tour was organized by his marketing and events firm Black Avenue Works and was dubbed as the most successful hip hop nationwide tour ever. The Yes Boss Tour 2 is slated for August 2013. The finale of D-Blacks tour labelled as his first ever concert, THE YES BOSS CONCERT was held in Accra on the 30th of December at The Accra International Conference Centre wrapping up 2011 in style with performances from D-Black da Ghana Bwouy and 22 other acts from Ghana and Nigeria including Darey, Duncan Mighty and Mo Cheddah from the sister country. The extremely industrious C.E.O /artist and enteprenuer is also a graduate of the University of Ghana, Legon where he studied Theatre Arts/ Film Directing and Music. Dubbed Ghanas hardest working entertainer D-Black has signed onto his Black Avenue Label, producer and instrumentalist Sammie Blacc and upcoming acts 13 year old heartthrob rapper / actor Young Dapper, new femcee Dein as well as sensational singer Ayraaba and the talented rapper Joey B who he featured on his hit single VERA. D-Blacks first 3 singles off his highly anticipated sophomore album My Kinda Girl featuring fellow Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie, Falling featuring Nigerias Mo Cheddah and the smash hit single VERA are making massive rounds on Ghanaian and African radio and television. The azonto club banger VERA is currently the Number 1 song on the Ghanaian urban music charts on over 15 Ghanaian radio stations 12 weeks after its release and is one of the most popular songs in Ghana. D-Black won big at the 2012 Channel O Music Video Awards when he beat Nigerian music giants Wizkid, Naeto C and Wande Coal by winning the coveted Best Africa West Music Video of the year and made history by winning at the 4Syte Ghana Music Video Awards on the same night with the same music video for Best Collaboration in a music video for Falling featuring Mo Cheddah after topping the nominations for the 2012 edition of the annual award show. High of the tails of bagging two awards in one night at two different awards shows, D-Black went on to release his sophomore album a month after on the 17th of December 2012 featuring African and American artists on his The Revelation album, from Nigerias Ice Prince, Waje, Mo Cheddah, Muna as well as Congos Fally Ipupa, South Africas L- Tido, Moroccos Salah Edin as well as Sheek Louch, Wale , Gudda Gudda, DJ Webstar and more from the United States of America. D-Black not slowing down, once again topped the 2013 Ghana Music Award nominations with this album three months after its release scoring a whooping six nominations in the categories of 2013 Artist of the Year, Album of the Year (The Revelation by D-Black), Most Popular song of the Year (VERA by D-Black), Hiphop Song of the Year (Falling by D-Black ft. Mo Cheddah), Hiplife Song of the Year (VERA by D-Black) and Hiphop Artist of the Year. The rapper also signed a lucrative brand representation deal with Ghanaian electronic giants Rlg appaearing as the lead celebrity in their new VIVA android phone t.v commercial. The award winning rapper is also currently signed to Universal Music Group, Africa. The two year distribution deal is aimed at marketing and distributing his music and current album The Revelation and its singles continentally as well his 3 rd album set for a late 2013/ early 2014 release tentatively titled Son of God.
D-Black Award Nominations (2009-2013)
* 2009 Channel O Music Video Awards for Best West African Move *2010 Ghana Music Awards for Hip-Hop / Hiplife Song of the Year Breathe *2010 Ghana Music Awards for Music Video of the Year Breathe (Winner) *2010 Museke African Music Awards for Music Video of the Year Breathe *African Music Awards, London for Music Video of the Year Breathe (Winner) *2010 Channel O Music Video Awards, South Africa for Best HipHop Breathe *2010 Channel O Music Video Awards, South Africa for Best Music Video Breathe *2010 Sound City Music Awards , Nigeria Best Collaboration D-Black ft. Kwabena Kwabena -Somebody *2010 Sound City Music Awards, Nigeria Best New Video D-Black Believe *2010 4SYTE Music Video Awards Best Overall Video Breathe *2010 4SYTE Music Video Awards Best Storyline in a Video Breathe (Winner) *2010 4SYTE Music Video Awards Best Directed Video Breathe *2010 4SYTE Music Video Awards Best Collaboration in a Video Breathe (Winner) *2010 4SYTE Music Video Awards Best Group Video D-Black & Kwaku-t Breathe *2011 Ghana Music Awards Hip hop/ Hiplife Artist of the Year D-Black *2011 Ghana Music Awards Hip hop Song of the Year Get on da dancefloor (Winner) *2011 Ghana Music Awards Songwriter of the Year Somebody D-Black *2011 Ghana Music Awards Collaboration of the Year Somebody ft. Kwabena Kwabena *2011 Ghana Music Awards Album of the Year Music, Love & Life by D-Black *2011 BET Awards Best International Artist of the Year (Africa) D-Black *2011 Ghana Gospel Industry Awards Alternate Gospel Song of the year Somebody *2011 Ghana Gospel Industry Awards Alternate Gospel Video of the year – Somebody (Winner) *2011 Channel O Music Video Awards Best African West Get on da dancefloor by D-Black *2011 4Syte Music Video Awards Best Photography in a video -Somebody *2011 4Syte Music Video Awards Best Hiphop Video Get on da dancefloor *2011 4Syte Music Video Awards Best Collaboration in a video Somebody *2011 4syte Music Video Awards Best African Act Get on da dancefloor *2011 4syte Music Video Awards Best Edited Video Get on da dancefloor *2011 Ghana Hiphop Awards – Male Hiphop Artiste (Of The Decade) D-Black *2011 Ghana Hiphop Awards The Next Big Thing Award D-Black (Winner) *2011 Ghana Hiphop Awards – Hiphop Album (Of The Decade) D-Black *2011 Ghana Hiphop Awards – Best Collaboration – Breathe D-Black & Kweku T *2011 Ghana Hiphop Awards – Hiphop Artiste Of The Year D-Black (Winner) *2012 Ghana Music Awards Hiphop Song of the Year D-Black My Kinda Girl *2012 Ghana Music Awards Music Video of the Year D-Black My Kinda Girl *2012 HSH Awards Most Influential Artist 2012 D-Black (Winner) *2012 Hiphop World Awards (Best International Artist) D-Black *2012 Channel O Music Video Awards Best Africa West Video Falling (Winner) *2012 MTN 4Syte Music Video Awards – Most Popular Music Video VERA – D-Black *2012 MTN 4Syte Music Video Awards Best Hiphop Video The Revelation D-Black *2012 MTN 4SYTE Music Video Awards Best Collaboration Falling (Winner) *2012 MTN 4Syte Music Video Awards Best Directed Video Falling D-Black *2012 MTN 4Syte Music Video Awards Best Photography Falling D-Black *2012 MTN 4Syte Music Video Awards – Best Collaboration VERA D-Black ft. Joey B *2012 MTN 4Syte Music Video Awards Best Storyline VERA D-Black *2012 MTN 4Syte Music Video Awards – Best Video of the Year Falling D-Black 2013 Artist of the Year D-Black (TBC) 2013 Album of the year – The Revelation D-Black (TBC) 2013 Most Popular Song of the year VERA by D-Black (TBC) 2013 Hiphop Artist of the Year D-Black (TBC) 2013 Hiplife Song of the Year VERA by D-Black (TBC) 2013 Hiphop Song of the Year Falling by D-Black ft. Mo Cheddah (TBC) 2013 HSH Awards Most Influential Artist of the Year D-Black (TBC)