Guru the king and originator of the AfroRock music genre are the ones to beat. He has proven to snatch the crown no matter the category he comes out on top claiming his rightful place in the music industry.
Guru Nkz Age
Guru Nkz was born on the 7th of May 1987. He is 33-years old.
Guru Nkz Early Life
The Ghanaian rapper and fashion designer – Maradona Yeboah Adjei is known as Guru Nkz, was born in Accra, but he spent most of his childhood in a small town called Nkoranza in the Brong/Ahafo Region in Ghana.
Guru Nkz Education
When he was still knee-high when he attended Reverend John Teye Memorial School and proceeded to secondary school in Apam.
Guru carried through with his studies at NIIT and IPMC, where he was studying architecture and computer networking. After those years he went to attend Zenith College in Accra Ghana to study marketing.
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Guru Nkz Career
The musician says his adventure in music started when he was very young, but at the time Guru did not officially go the music route as a career.
It was only until he found himself getting booked to perform at large events while he was still schooling, he performed at large events like Miss SSS, which is a national contest in Ghana. He’s also gotten the chance to get booked to perform live on air on national radio programs.
Guru was even the first artist to ever to win the WAPPI Talent Discovery Program in 2008, which was a national contest seeking underground and up and coming music artists.
In 2009, Guru recorded his first mixtape video with Sarkodie produced by NT 1.
Guru’s most major and memorable feature to date was in Ghana’s song “Kasiebo”, this single was the one that brought him to the limelight and made fans fall in love with his voice and music. And that’s how his music career started growing rapidly.
His career took off on a great start, as he was also named as the best-featured artist by 4Syte TV.
The artist decided to come out with his first studio album titled “Platform”, the album was nominated for 6 categories at the Vodafone Ghana Music Award nominations in 2011. In the album, Guru featured big names like Sarkodie, Kwabena Kwabena and other powerhouses.
Guru released the single “Lapaz Toyota”, which heavily influenced the Azonto style sounds, it wasn’t long until the song was climbing the charts. The song quickly became a firm favourite amongst fans in 2013 and became a hit. It wasn’t long after until the artist decided to release sic singles titled Amen, Azonoto Boys, Avena, Nkwada Nkwada and Alkayida is known as “Boys Abre”
In 2015 at the Ghana Music Awards Guru received a nomination for hiplife/hip-hop artist of the year and best hiplife song of the year for “Pooley Swag”.
Guru is also known for creating a new music genre he likes to call AfroRock Music, infusing Afro music and Rock music. Upon introducing this genre, he dropped a song with the title Afrorock which he featured a Ghanaian singer Kankam.
Guru’s talent caught so many people’s attention, amongst super fans who speak highly of the artist is international artist Jidenna Mobisson, who considers Guru as on of the greatest hip-hop artists in Africa alongside.
Many refer to Guru as a contemporary Hip-life artist, because he is never afraid to take risks in his music, as he ventures into new grounds in the Ghanaian music scene mixing hip-hop, afrobeats, highlife and dancehall sounds.
In 2018, Guru dropped his album titled “Journey of Judah”, collaborating with artists like Harrysongs, Lil Shaker and Ofori Amponsah.
Guru Nkz Philanthropy
Guru isn’t only a big-time TV screen star, but also a humanitarian and philanthropist who is working towards being the agent of change in his community. He has been known for participating and tackling environmental health issues when he is not in the studio cooking up new music.
In March 2016 Guru joined other artists advocating for his fans to support a clean environment, mentioning that it was a best solution and method to use when trying to prevent diseases like malaria.
In 2014, a friend of Guru attempted suicide and after the incident, Guru ensured that he starts an awareness campaign on suicide. Guru has revealed that he will implement the initiative at second-cycle and tertiary institutions through musical lyrics.
Most of these deaths are due to broken relationships and the young ones in the secondary and tertiary institutions are the victims…we must all go and help deal with the situation
Guru Nkz Controversy
The man has been victorious in the music industry, as it was proof that his music was loved by many, even winning him some notable awards. However, with that type of reputation, some weren’t such huge fans of his music and what it stood for. He has managed to be nominated and win a couple of awards, which had some people talking and wondering if there was some inner industry turmoil.
The artist has a famous song “Alkayida” also known as “Boys Abre” that was under fire from the government when some officials questioned the song and claimed it was promoting terrorism, because of its similarities to the Al-Qaeda terrorist organisation’s name.
Guru defended his honour and refuted the ban claiming the song was meant to encourage hard work, not violence saying, “Ghana is a peaceful country so why would I do a song to promote violence. I thought carefully about the song before coming out with it. The title is Boys Abre (Akiyida) and not Al-Qaeda.