23-year-old Kojo Funds is at the forefront of the UK Afrobeat inspired sound. Tracks including: ‘Warning’, ‘My 9ine’ and ‘Fine Wine’ have led to Kojo racking up over 100 million streams and 100 million YouTube views globally. Marrying together his Ghanaian and Dominican heritage with his East London roots, Kojo has created a sound and ethos, that he coins Afro Swing and has sold well over 2 Million singles in the UK alone. Here is a short interview with the artist.
How did growing up in East London influence your development as an artist?
I would say that growing up in Canning Town influenced my development as an artist positively, the struggle and experiences I went through motivated me to go harder and perfect my craft.
What are your music memories of growing up in Canning Town?
My first musical memories of growing up in Canning Town are the grime days back in the local park, learning how to spit bars, and listening to artists like Kano and Ghetts.
You are always on the move, how do your Cityroam’s fit your busy lifestyle?
Cityroams fit my lifestyle because I travel a lot, exploring different sides of the world and also the cultures of different places, I need shoes that look cool and are comfortable on long days.
What’s your favourite urban escape (ie green space) to explore in East London?
My favourite urban escape has to be Barrier Park near the river Thames because it’s a space where I feel peaceful. Whenever I’m home I like to go there to reminisce on life and music.
We know your a fan of wearing Timberlands, why?
I’m a fan of wearing Timberlands because they have an old school flavour to them and style which I like. When I was younger I would see my idols wearing Timberland and that stuck with me.