Dennis Nana Dwamena (born 18 August 1993) popularly known as KiDi is a Ghanaian high-life and afrobeats singer-songwriter producer. He is signed to Lynx Entertainment , MadeInENY, EMPIRE and is best known for his hit single ‘Ɔdɔ’. The remix features Nigerian superstars Mayorkun and Davido and has received massive airplay across Africa. KiDi won the Highlife Song of the Year for his hit single ‘Ɔdɔ at the 2018 Ghana Music Awards. He then went on to win the Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2019 Ghana Music Awards and Album of the Year for his debut album Sugar at the 2020 Ghana Music Awards.
Early Life and Career
KiDi was born Dennis Nana Dwamena on August 18, 1993, in Accra, Ghana to Gerald and Beatrice Thompson. He received his primary school education at St. Anthony’s School in Accra and proceeded to Accra Academy for his Senior High School education. He then went on to the University of Ghana Legon, where he graduated in 2016 with a degree in Economics and Information Studies.
While studying Economics and Information Studies at the University of Ghana, KiDi’s love for music led him to perform on various “Moonlight Café” platforms – a production that supports underground artistes and gives them a platform to display their talents. He also recorded covers of popular songs. In 2015, KiDi took a leap of faith by joining the MTN Hitmaker competition. He went on to win the competition and was later signed to Lynx Entertainment. KiDi shot to prominence in 2017 when he released “Say You Love Me” a song he not only composed but also arranged and produced. KiDi established himself as one of the fastest rising stars in Ghana when he released yet another chart-topper titled “Ɔdɔ” (meaning-Love) in July 2017, the remix with Nigerian artist Davido and Mayorkun in December 2017, and Adiepena in April 2018. He followed this with several hit songs including the 2020 smash hit ‘Say Cheese’ which debuted on the UK’s Official Afrobeats Chart. KiDi was also featured on Wyclef Jean’s show ‘Run That Back’ in 2020.
KiDi has mounted several stages including 2017 Rapperholic Concert, Ghana Music Honors 2017 Edition, December to Remember 2017, S Concert 2017, the 61st Ghana Independence Celebration Show in March 2018 at the Indigo 02 in London. He has performed on the same stage as many award-winning African artists including Sarkodie, Samini, Shatta Wale, MzVee, WizKid, Tiwa Savage, Efya, and Patoranking. KiDi has also produced several tracks for other artists and co-produced with award-winning Ghanaian producer, Richie Mensah. He has also written for Ghanaian acts including the award-winning MzVee and Adina and has collaborated with artists such as Tic tac, Ko-Jo Cue, Magnom and Kwesi Arthur. KiDi received 6 nominations at the 2018 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards including ‘Best New Artiste’, ‘Afro-pop Song of the Year’ and ‘Male Vocalist of the Year’ and went on to win the award for ‘High-life Song of the Year’ at the awards in April 2018. In May 2021, he released visuals of his song Touch It in his second studio album named The Golden Boy. In July 2021, Kidi Performed for free at the Christ Ambassador School at Dansoman after a letter written by a pupil named Oswald to his mother requesting for a tall list of products he will need for the school’s end of term party went viral. Kidi did not only perform some of his hit songs to the admiration of students and teachers, he also gifted a Samsung Galaxy Tab A to Oswald and some other products to his classmates.
Wife/ Girlfriend, Son and Family Life
Details about the private life of KiDi, the Ghanaian high-life, afrobeat singer-songwriter is one of the most highly sought-after pieces of information about the superstar. The interest in his personal life increased since he disclosed that he has a son whom he is very fond of. It was surprising that someone of KiDi’s status who is always under the spotlight could keep details about his son private.
Fans of the superstar singer were happy when news that he has a son emerged and a frantic search for information about the identity of the boy and his mother started. This was not surprising at all, considering how huge KiDi has become since his career started. He has won different awards, including the Highlife Song of the Year for his hit single ‘Ɔdɔ’ at the 2018 Ghana Music Awards.
It is noteworthy that KiDi started his music career in 2015 when he took part in the MTN Hitmaker competition and eventually won the show before later signing a record deal with Lynx Entertainment. He soon shot to the limelight in 2017 after he released “Say You Love Me”, a song he composed, arranged, and produced.
By 2018, he was already a huge star who had won awards and bagged award nominations for his work, including the Highlife Song of the Year at Ghana Music Awards. However, as big as he already was, no one knew that KiDi had a son. He kept this part of his life so secret that even fellow superstars had no idea.
Eventually, KiDi stunned his fans and other industry experts on Thursday, 28th November 2019 when he revealed that he actually has a son who was three years old at the time. This means that he kept the boy’s identity a secret for three long years. KiDi made the revelation in a post he shared to celebrate the boy’s birthday on Instagram. He also showed off the boy’s photos on social media and the development got so many people talking about the singer afterward.
KiDi’s revelation of his son’s existence sparked a conversation among fans and got them divided about the reason why he kept information about his son a secret. For days, fans continued the talk about Kidi’s son.
Days after he revealed to fans that he has a son, KiDi went on to reveal that the boy’s name is Zayne and also explained why he refused to talk about him until the child was three years old. He made these revelations while having an interview with MzGee on 3 FM days after his revelation about his kid. According to him, he kept the information about his son a secret because he was scared.
He explained that he was afraid because he was well aware of the fact that his fellow Ghanaians can be very judgmental when it comes to measuring people with the moral rod. According to him, Africans, in general, are judgemental when it comes to having a child outside wedlock so he decided to keep things out of reach of the public when his child was born to avoid any evil eye being turned on him.
When asked why he eventually decided to talk about his son, KiDi explained that he felt he had become mentally ready to talk about the matter with the general public so he shared his son’s pictures online.
It is clear that KiDi understood himself and figured out he would have failed woefully while trying to handle the criticism that may come his way when his child came out of wedlock. But he has since evolved into a more confident and mature man who can handle situations a little better.
Let’s Meet Zayne, KiDi’s Son
KiDi’s son, Zayne was born on November 28, 2016. We know this because KiDi wished his son a happy 3rd birthday on the same date in 2019 when he revealed the boy’s identity. The exact place where the boy was born was not made known by KiDi however, it is believed that Zayne was born in Ghana.
KiDi has talked about how much he loves his son. According to him, Zayne has brought but great happiness and blessings to him. In a post he made on Instagram, he blessed the day Zayne came into his life.
Who Is The Mother Of KiDi’s Son?
In the interview he had with MzGee on 3 FM, KiDi was asked about who the mother of his son is. In his response, the singer did not state her name but revealed that she is older than him. She is reported to be a Ghanaian who is based abroad. Some reports say she is based in London.
Zayne is reported to have lived with his mother abroad at some point, switching between London and Ghana and between his maternal and paternal grandmothers.
Are They Still Together?
KiDi and his baby’s mother are no more together. The singer disclosed this during the same interview on 3 FM. According to him, they have since separated but they still join hands to raise their son, Zayne and this has been working out quite well for the boy.
KiDi is currently single and not in any relationship for now. KiDi is also not married.
KiDi’s net worth as of 2022 is estimated at around $650, 000 – $5 million.
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