M.anifest got to be known as a Ghanaian rapper based in the USA, but in the past years he spent more and more time in Ghana and he's now working mostly from Accra. Benjamin Lebrave (Akwaaba, the Fader) visited him outside his Accra home for an exclusive interview for Thisisafrica.me.
M.anifest's second album, Immigrant Chronicles: Coming to America, has been sending shockwaves here in Ghana. M dododotidot kicked things off here with a fantastic show last December in Accra, along with highlife legend Ebo Taylor and rising soulstress Efya. M.anifest's first album, Manifestations, was not heavily promoted here, so a few heads - including myself - only caught up with him when he put out his 'The Birds and the Beats' mixtape in 2009. Clearly an MC to follow.
It took me a while to figure out where M.anifest is based, and if it really even matters. I only figured it out once I sat down with him for this interview. He tells us about being a leftfield artist in Ghana, what he gained from living in Minneapolis for a few years, and where goats are killed... hold on, here it goes: