Desmond Kwesi Blackmore born 12 January 1986 better known by his stage name D-Black is a Ghanaian anglophone hip-hop star.
D-Black is a multiple award-winning afrobeats / hiphop artist from Ghana. He owns and operates a marketing/advertising/events firm Black Avenue Works that specializes in corporate and social events, product/brand marketing and advertising. Directed by D-Black, subsidiary companies of Black Avenue Works include Black Avenue Muzik, an independent record label and distribution outlet, Black Avenue Clothing, Livewire Events and Black Avenue TV (producers of THE EFGH Show).. D-Black is also the CEO of Club Onyx, an upscale nightclub located in the plush Cantonments neighborhood of Accra. D-Black has signed onto his Black Avenue Muzik Label, producer and D.J, DJ Breezy , Wisa Greid, Dahlin Gage and Singlet (a singer, not the textiles accompany)
D-Black has released two solo albums,Music, Love & Life and " The Revelation" with this third album set to drop in 2016. He has received more than 70 award nominations with 15 wins at various awards shows continentally and worldwide. He signed a 2-year digital distribution deal with Universal Music, Africa for his third album.
In 2011 D-Black was nominated at the BET Awards in the USA for Best African Act following the release of his first studio album "Music, Love & Life" that spawned the award-winning hits "Somebody FT. Kwabena Kwabena" and "Get On Da Dancefloor ft. Dr. Cryme". His first nationwide tour 'The Yes Boss Tour' as a massive success as he sold out stadia and auditoriums in 10 cities in Ghana. D-Black released three singles off his 2012 'The Revelation' album "My Kinda Girl" featuring fellow Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie, "Falling" featuring Nigeria's Mo Cheddah and the smash hit single "Vera" made big rounds on Ghanaian and African radio and television. The azonto club banger "Vera" featuring Joey B was the number 1 song on the Ghanaian urban music charts on over 15 Ghanaian radio stations 12 weeks after its release and was the most popular song in Ghana through 2012.
D-Black also won awards for "Song of the Year" and "Collaboration of the Year" for his hit track "Vera" at the 2013 Ghana Music Awards, U.K in August 2013. D-Black has performed with Jay Z, Chris Brown, Fat Joe, Akon, Busta Rhymes , Stevie Wonder, Omarion, Lyold at concerts in Ghana. D-black has performed in countries including the USA, (UAE) Dubai, Italy, Holland, South Africa, U.K, Nigeria and more. In July 2013 he headlined at the O2 Arena at the U. K. Afrobeats Music Festival Concert with label mate Joey B, which kicked off his U.S.A Tour in September 2013 and the first leg of a European tour in February 2014 in Amsterdam, Holland, Bologna, Italy, London, United Kingdom, Coventry.
In 2014, D-Black begun working in the studio on his third album. The first single off this upcoming album, Personal Person featuring Ghanaian crooner Castro, was released in April 2014 and received massive airplay on Ghanaian and African radio. In July 2014, Personal Person was the number 1 song on the top 10 charts across Ghana. Castro doubled up with his 'Seihor' record featuring D-Black that also shot to number 1 on all radio and TV charts in Ghana. The second single off the album 'Kotomoshi' released in November 2015 is currently one of the biggest records on the continent as D-Black readies to release his third studio album "Lightwork" in May 2016.
D-Black signed an advertising deal with Ciroc Ultra Premium Vodka in 2014 then a brand Amabssador deal with the Diageo owned brand in 2015. and for Ghanaian Electronic giants RLG, VIVA brand of phones. He is also the face of his Black Avenue Clothing label. On 11th May, 2017 D-Black was announced the brand ambassador of sparkling French wine Belaire Rosé
D-Black's Awards and Nominations
- Channel O Music Video Awards (0)
- Ghana Music Awards (0)
- Museke African Music Awards (0)
- African Music Awards, London (1)
- Channel O Music Video Awards, South Africa (0)
- Sound City Music Awards, Nigeria (0)
- 4SYTE Music Video Awards (0)
- BET Awards (0)
- Ghana Gospel Industry Awards (1)
- 4Syte Music Video Awards (0)
- Music Video Awards (0)
- Ghana Hip-hop Awards (0)
- MTN 4SYTE Music Video Awards (1)
- Ghana Music Awards UK (1)
D-Blackhttps://media.okhype.com/storage/artist_images/iQKe1ZL6BuvfLjsVVrko8njcD67j7a5gQ8T3zVrg.jpeg Black Avenue Muzik Takoradi Western , Ghana
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