Celebrity of the Week
Mensa Ansah
Article Posted on 2016-06-15

Ghanaian hip-hop/hiplife artist, born July 16 in Accra, Ghana, and raised in Accra, Los Angeles, California, and London, England. Based out of North London, Mensa is the third son of his parents and holds true the popular Ghanaian adage that “afie biara Mensa wo mu,” which means every household has a rabble rouser, or a trouble starter! 

His father, Tumi Ebo Ansah, rocked stages as a guitarist of British afro-pop sensation, Osibisa, and also starred in Heritage Africa (winner of the outstanding film award at the 1989 London Film Festival) and his mother, the biggest influence on his music, taught him to play the piano when he was just eight years old. His cousin, Joey Ansah has featured in popular movies such as the Bourne Ultimatum and Batman Begins. M3NSA is also nephew to film director, Kwaw Ansah, who directed Heritage Africa, and Kofi Ansah, a well renowned fashion designer who designed clothes for the Royal Family wedding in the 1980s. 

He grew up celebrating his roots, and made his first foray into music by forming The Lifeline Family, a short-lived hiplife band, which released one album. Following the demise of the band, M3NSA discovered a flair for producing great music that was soon recognized by Reggie Rockstone, founder of hiplife, Ghana’s innovative blend of highlife and hip-hop. He produced two hit tracks for Rockstone’s album Me Ka. Impressed by the incredible talent, Rockstone quickly enlisted young M3NSA to produce his fourth album, Last Show. An album which, went on to be critically and commercially acclaimed. 

Following the success of those songs, M3NSA became the go-to producer for laid back hip-life music. He has worked with Wanlov The Kubolor, producing the big hit Kokonsa, and recorded with V.I.P., [url=http://www.discogs.com/artist/Ɔbrafoɔ]Obrafour[/url], Tic TacTinnyK.K. Fosu and Samini

Also a promising MC and singer, He has toured Europe with hip-hop legends like the Wu-Tang Clan and The Roots, and worked with some of Africa’s heavy hitters such as SwayAsa and Nneka

M3NSA also released a film dubbed "COZ OV MONI" - the world's first Pidgen musical, in which he stars with Wanlov The Kubolor, the rap duo now known as FOKN BOIS). A story about a very eventful day in the lives of two friends living in the Heart of Accra. It is hilarious. It is animated. It is inspiring. And it is controversial, with all dialogue and communication in verse and song! To date the film has been accepted to the Rio International Film Festival (Brazil) Pan African Film Festival (Los Angeles) Black Filmmakers International Film Festival (London) Pan African Film Festival (Cannes) and Headliner Movie at African Weekender (Sussex).

Source: www.discogs.com

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