Heya, it’s Thursday and as the world celebrates Throwback Thursday, I thought it wise to share with you an rare video of Ghanaian musician Nana King and legendary Tupac performing at Santa Monica, coastal city west of downtown Los Angeles back in 1994.
One of the very few to do it big even before relocating to Ghana, Nana King who is currently into spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the USA ventured into music and eventually did it with his wife Nana Queen.
Born and raised in Hollywood Ca. to Ghanaian parents, Nana King began performing in church at the age of seven and would soon form his first musical group while still in grade school.
The musical landscape of Hollywood and surrounding Los Angeles had a great influence on Nana’s early music.
As a youth and emerging entertainer Nana King explored and blended music from many artistically different genres into his early work from Punk Rock and Heavy Metal, Rap and R&B to Contemporary Christian and Gospel. Nana found early success in Los Angeles performing with Tupac Shakur and was signed to an exclusive overseas distribution deal.
When Nana’s father passed away Nana King went back to his African homeland of Ghana. It is here in Ghana that Nana King soon rose to national attention performing for tens of thousands while sharing stage with superstar artists Jay-Z and Akon.
Nana was successfully selling and producing albums in the Hip-Life genre in Ghana, a blend of African and American Western Style Hip Hop; his multi-talented nature earned him his place on the voting Academy for MTV Europe Music Videos Awards in Copenhagen in 2006.
Even though Nana enjoyed the fame and privilege he received in Ghana and throughout West Africa he knew that true success could only come from a global audience and he was soon “Called” to return to the U.S.A. back to Hollywood to begin the work that so spoke out to him.
New music and a passion re-ignited Nana and has since found himself living a dynamic and spiritual life.
Nana King now produces albums in a unique Urban Contemporary Gospel style meant to reach out especially to the youth of our Nation’s urban centers and streets.
Nana’s hope is that his music will inspire and uplift those in need of change in their life, show a positive example to our troubled youth and of course always help to put a smile on a face and good beat in their heart.
Nana worships and ministers every Sunday at Christ Citadel International Church, Los Angeles and Dr. Vincent Akosah is his pastor.
In a recent interview, Nana Queen (wife) revealed the husband relocated to America because was frustrated.
Ghanaians were not ready to receive the kind of music he did at the time and this pushed him to relocate.
“When Nana King first started with the hiplife sometime in 1998, 1999 and 2000 he was doing more RnB and stuff. At that time, Ghanaians were not ready for that. They still did jama, so at some point and he got frustrated,” she explained.
Nana King and Nana Queen both owned Ashanti International and were noted for supporting artists such as Ex-Doe.
Watch the performance from below.