Derrick N. Ashong (DNA), a Ghanaian-American political junkie, media/television personality, musician and music-tech entrepreneur, joins Ms, Uduak on the 60th episode of the Africa Music Law Show for a lively and fun discussion on his career, his recent emmy nomination, industry trends in the music and tech space, Africa, new technology and much more!
“Amp.it CEO and ‘Take Back the Mic’ creator, Derrick N Ashong (DNA), is a Hip Hop MC and musician who made it from a house with no running water in Accra, Ghana to the Ivory Tower of Harvard. He’s acted in a Spielberg film, hosted an Emmy-nominated TV show,worked for music legend, Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, consulting for companies like Nokia and Interscope Records, been a YouTube Sensation, won a Billboard contest for best Hip Hop song, rocked his own radio show for Oprah and has been called a Master Communicator. He resides in Miami, Florida with his wife and two daughters.
Derrick’s advice to African artists,
“I think that the potential of African music on a global stage has just barely been scratched. The wonderful developments we are seeing (Wizkid-Drake Ojuelegba remixes etc.) are relativity new and are indicative of our transition, whereby our music is not simply localized to a given country or language; or a given continent but that it is starting to have a global conectivtiy, and a lot of it is because of the diaspora. And so what I would say from my perspective is that if you (the artist) can harness those diaspora communities, those communities of culture, and fandom and appreciation for the music, and let them be the vanguard that bring you into these different territories.”