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Derrick Sarfo Kantanka known by the stage name Amerado is a Ghanaian rapper from Kumasi. He rose to fame for his rap music in Ghana in 2018.

Early life and education

Amerado was born and raised in EjisuKumasi in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. He attended KNUST Senior High School for his senior high school education.

Music career

Amerado started his career when he was discovered by Azee Ntwene in 2015 as he emerged third at the Solid FM Freestyle Show to join fellow rapper Strongman Burner at MicBurnerz Music. He was summoned to feature on the GH Youth All Stars hosted by Mix Master Garzy to compose the official peace song for the 2016 general elections held in Ghana.

In 2017, Amerado released his lead single “I AM” which announced his presence in the music industry in Ghana. The song was rated 3rd in the Top 10 Ghanaian songs of January 2017 listed by Pulse Ghana. He released his first EP titled Rapmare under the MicBurnerz Music label in November 2017. He was called up later in 2018 to feature on the most talked about hip hop song ‘Biibi Ba’ by Sarkodie. The song was nominated for the Best Hiphop Song and Best Edited Video at the 2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.

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On 1 October 2020, the founding father of the popular music genre hiplife, Reggie Rockstone took to his Twitter page to announced Amerado as one of the best rappers to ever come from Ghana.

As part of pushing the Kumerica agenda, Amerado was summoned by Shatta Wale and other rappers in Kumasi to release Ahodwo Las Vegas, the song has more than 1Million views on Youtube.

Awards and nominations

Year Event Award Recipient/Nominated work Result Ref
2021 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Rap Performer Of The Year Himself Nominated [16]
New Artist Of The Year Himself Nominated
Entertainment Achievement Awards Best Music Video Best Rapper Nominated
3Music Awards Best Rapper of the Year Himself Nominated
Digital Act of the Year Himself Nominated
Global Music Awards Africa Most Influential Ghanaian Act of the Year Himself Nominated
2020 Muse Bangerz of the Quarter Hiplife Song of the Quarter Twa So Nominated
One Awards Ghana Rapper of the Year Himself Won
COPO Award Discovery Lyricist of the Year Himself Nominated
Ghana Entertainment Choice Awards Best Rapper of the Year Himself Won
Ashanti Music Awards Influential Act In Ashanti Himself Won
Best collaboration of the Year Twa So Nominated
Artist of the Year Himself Nominated
Best Rapper of the Year Himself Nominated
Greater Accra Music Awards Non-Gama Artiste of the Year Himself Nominated
Eastern Music Awards Influential Act In Ghana Himself Won
2019 Emerging Music Awards Ghana Emerging Artist of the Year Himself Nominated
Most Popular Artist of the Year Himself Nominated
Rapper of the Year Redemption Freestyle Nominated
Hiplife Artist of the Year Himself Nominated
Ghana Music Awards UK Uncovered Artiste of the Year Himself Nominated
3Music Awards Next Rated Act Himself Nominated
2018 Ghana Music Awards SA Most Promising Artiste Himself Nominated
3RD TV Music Video Awards Best Newcomer Video I Am Nominated
Kumasi Awards Night Artiste of the Year Himself Won
Best Rapper of the Year Himself Nominated
2017 Artiste of the Year Himself Nominated
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Videography

Year Title Director Ref
2016 Peace Forever Yaw Skyface
2017 I AM L2M
Beast Attitude L2M
At My Back Quophi Asiama
2018 Redemption Freestyle I A Certain YO
Redemption Freestyle II Lixil Montage
Menpe Motion Master
Biibi Ba (as a featured act) Bab Direction
2019 Dede Film God
2020 Twa So Gordon Appiah
Box Of Memories Gordon Appiah
Kyerɛ Me Gordon Appiah
A Piece on Peace Director K
Kumerica (as a featured act) Kobby Shots
Ahodwo Las Vegas (as a featured act) PKMI
Best Rapper Gordon Appiah
2021 Taxi Driver Sivo
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Discography

Selected Singles

  • I Am
  • At My Back
  • Beast Attitude
  • Mix Master Garzy – Peace Forever (as a featured act)
  • Edem -Kporda Remix (as a featured act)
  • Redemption I
  • Redemption II
  • Menpe
  • Pistol ft Cabum
  • Gods ft Kuami Eugene & Koo Ntakra
  • Sarkodie – Biibi Ba (as a featured act)
  • Twa So ft Fameye
  • Box Of Memories
  • Kyer3 Me ft Okyeame Kwame
  • Shatta Wale – Ahodwo Las Vegas (as a featured act)
  • Best Rapper
  • Dawgi ft. Sarkodie
  • Indelible Flow
  • Taxi Driver

Albums

  • Rapmare