Born and raised in East London, British Ghanaian Kwadwo Adu Genfi Amponsah aka. Kojey Radical is often described as a “renaissance man”. His family always knew Kojey was destined for something big, but they were never sure what. This level of confidence in him, he says, is a pressure that drove him to pursue his versatile range of talents.
A firmly mixed media artist, since childhood Kojey’s interests and accolades have existed in everything from drawing to dancing, film-directing, fashion and spoken word. He ended up studying illustration at university, while exploring the world of poetry simultaneously, inspired by emerging young black poets such as Suli Breaks.
Thematically, Kojey’s conversational, vulnerable work tackles issues light and dark; be that his heritage, romances, religion, money, grief, or mental health, he wants to be able to talk about what’s on his mind. He’s sometimes branded a ‘political’ artist, following tracks like ‘Kwame Nkrumah’, but he says his work is more personal than that label allows for: “These are just real things I’ve been going through –I can’t write about nothing else aside from shit I’ve been going through. I can’t emote about things I don’t believe in.”
With all that said, Kojey doesn’t envisage an album anytime soon –instead, he’s planning on releasing another full-length project or EP in what promises to be a huge 2019. With further ambitions in fashion, film and much more, the one unifying factor in Kojey’s creative output remains in his self-described genre: “It’s called ‘Kojey’, if you need a name –the genre is me. I create from my life and experiences, if there’s got to be a genre then I don’t want to subscribe to someone else’s.”