Award-winning poet Koo Kumi is set to release his new album ‘The Griot’ on Saturday, 28th November 2020.
The album is set for a hearing on Friday, 27th November at the Nubuke.
The album ‘The Griot’ comprises 10 poems and skits which tackles politics, urbanization and movement, culture, age of youth, and gender-related issues.
The Griot seeks to present stories in it the truest forms to start conversations in the stated topics.
William Du Bois Yaw Sakyi Kumi with the stage name Koo Kumi made his first poem compilation ‘Beautiful Africa’ featured poets from Ghana and US in 2013. It is a collection of poems and list of some literary devices.
In 2019, Koo Kumi released his first spoken word compilation titled Woke On The Mountain (WOTM), an EP of seven tracks, six poems and one skit. WOTM was the start of Koo Kumi’s experimental poetry which leaned towards music and alternative hip hop.
In May 2020, he released a three (3) piece Spoken Word EP titled “An Ode To A New” to celebrate his birthday.
All the poems were produced and engineered by various talented young people all from the Akuapem Ridge in Inner Groove Studios located at Aburi Akuapem.
William Du Bois Yaw Sakyi Kumi also Known as Koo Kumi is a spoken word artist who identifies himself as a multi-disciplined artist with a background in visual arts and performance art. He hails from Mampong Akuapem from the Eastern Region of Ghana. He is known by many as a poet and a photographer.
He began putting his poems out on social media in 2012 after writing for a long time. Koo Kumi won the first national teen slam in Ghana in 2013 at the National Theatre with his co-performer Nana Yirenkyi. His way of poetry is inspired by real-life experiences which has earned him a spot on peoples lists of expressionist artists.
He majored in Journalism at the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), where he won the Student Poet of the year prize at the GIJ Eminence Awards in 2017.
In 2019, he was awarded the Kofi Anyidoho Award by the Ghana Writers Association, he also received an honorary award as eminent alumni of the Ghana Institute of Journalism. He is the leader and founder of Trotro Vibes, an art movement which uses public transport as a stage to perform.