Michael Elliot Kwabena Okyere Darko popularly known as Obrafour, other names include Rap Executioner and Rap Sofo (born c. 1976) is a Ghanaian hiplife musician and rapper. Obrafour has a unique style of Twi rapping and storytelling. His popular and hit debut album “Pae mu ka”, for which he won 3 awards during the 2000 edition of Ghana Music Awards is arguably one of the best selling albums in Ghana. In May 2019, Obrafour celebrated the 20th anniversary of the “Pae mu ka” album.

Early life

Obrafour was born in Obo Kwahu to a chorister mother by name Mrs. Gladys Agyapomaa and Mr. Kwaku Okyere Darko.[5] He wanted to become a lawyer which failed after his mother’s death.[6][7] This was in 1995 after one term at St. Peter’s Boys Senior High School when as he was preparing for his A levels.[citation needed] He had his basic education at New Star Preparatory School and proceeded to Abetifi Secondary before getting into St. Peter’s Boys Senior High School.[5] At a very young age, he would perform with his mother in church [8] and has celebrated the role of motherhood throughout his career.

Music career

His musical influence came from his mother. While in high school, he put together a quartet that sang gospel songs. Later on Quincy a friend of Obrafour’s who could rap, introduced him to the art. He attended auditions and performance sessions and met Hammer who was then an amateur beat maker. Hammer facilitated a deal between Obrafour and Abraham Ohene Djan (OM Studios) and in the latter part of 1999, Pae Mu Ka, his debut album was released. On November 9, 2019, he commemorated the 20th anniversary of the album at the ‘Pae Mu Ka’ concert at the Accra Intentional Conference Centre.

Pae Mu Ka (1999)
Asem Sebe (2001)
Tofa (2006)
Asem Beba Dabi
Heavy (2006)
Nte Tee Pa (2003)
Kwame Nkrumah
Still Strong(2018)
Love Anthem(2018)
Adom Bi(2019)

Awards and nominations
Ghana Music Awards
Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref
2000 Himself Rapper of the Year Won
Himself New Artiste of the Year Won
“Pae mu ka” Hiplife song of the Year Won
Ghana Music Awards UK
Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref
2004 “Ntete Pa” Album of the Year Won

SOURCES | https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obrafour


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