Nana Osei Kyei Mensah’s journey of faith

By: Gifty Owusu-Amoah
Kyei Mensah
Nana Osei Kyei Mensah

HIS expectations of releasing his maiden song in 2015 were dashed when his father, Fred Kyei Mensah of Freddyma Studios fame lost his studio and equipment to the June 3 flood.

The unfortunate incident should have quenched Nana Osei Kyei Mensah’s burning desire to launch his music career but it became a turning point for him and strengthened his faith in God.

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It’s been three years since flood waters robbed him of his debut release, but the son of the respected sound engineer is out with his maiden song, ‘Nyame Bekyere’, testimony of God’s steadfast love.

Sampled from an old traditional Gospel song, Kyei adds his modern style to it as he talks about trusting the Lord and believing that He will provide one’s needs.

His delivery and vocal rightness portrays him as a serious artiste and Kyei Mensah in a chat with Showbiz on Monday admitted it took years of practice to get him to that stage.

“What people are appreciating today is a journey that started years ago. It’s been years of hard work and practice and I appreciate people’s acknowledgement of my music”.

At the Rev John Teye Memorial School where he had his primary and Junior High education, Kyei Mensah developed his music interest with piano lessons.

As a good vocalist, he was given the opportunity to sing at school gatherings which helped build his confidence.

Coming from a music background, the graduate of Central University said he’s not impressed with the content of songs churned out lately since they mostly promote premarital sex and unworthy lifestyles.

“There are some songs that have a positive message behind them that's why I said I love songs from the 70s, 80s and 90s because right now, it’s all about sex, drugs, money and it shows that our music in recent times lack substance,” he said.

Notwithstanding his disappointment with the new trend, Kyei Mensah is ready to make a positive impact by recording for new artistes when he eventually takes over his dad’s business.

He is presently signed on to Pitch Bend Music for five years and confident that his R&B and soul orientation which gave him huge attention on social media will set him apart.

The singer/pianist has performed with popular artistes including Joe Mettle, Nathaniel Bassey, Preye and Jeshrun Okyere.

The new single comes with an official video which is produced and directed by Stanley Adjetey.