Annie O. Hosts Ghana’s ‘Rap Doctor’

Tonight at The Standard, East Village.

Only a few hundred people who have RSVPed will get to attend tonight’s Annie O. Music Series event at The Standard, East Village. The latest guest for Ohayon’s weekly curated soirees at the Penthouse is one of Ghana’s leading musical stars, Okyeame Kwame.

To set the stage for the 7-9 p.m. event, Ohayon spoke with Kwame, who also owns a communications company, record label and fashion enterprise. From their conversation, posted on The Standard’s website:

How did you get your nickname Rap Doctor?

In 2000, I came to America to perform at the Apollo Theater. Before the performance, we went to a club in New York called the Lion’s Den – an alternative Jamaican club – and I did a performance with Reggie Rockstone. The audience couldn’t understand the rap, but they could feel the vibe, so they asked me to explain the rap to them. When I did, it was so eloquent that the Jamaicans said the way I explained the rap was like a doctor. I then got the name Rap Doctor.

These days, Kwame is also known as one of Ghana’s 100 Most Influential People. If you’re not familiar with Ohayon, she came to New York in 1983 after living in Paris and Israel and wound up representing the likes of Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Peter Gabriel and Pearl Jam. Kwame’s latest single, below, is titled “Small Small.”

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