Named one of the BBC’s Top 50 Ghanaians to watch, and recipient of multiple accolades including awards and nominations from MOBO, KORA Awards, Ghana Music Awards and M-Net’s Channel O. M3NSA is re-energizing the music scene with his unique fusion of true school Hip Hop and West African homegrown Hip-life. ‘No.1 Mango Street’ (2011) his debut international offering, follows up to his critically acclaimed debut, ‘Rapublic’ with a polished sound. M3NSA recorded ‘No. 1 Mango Street’ - a yearning shoutout to the place of his birth. This Ghanaian born, Los Angeles and London-raised man, pays homage to the land of his birth and takes a nostalgic trip down memory lane, vividly depicting the rich, varied nuances of Ghanaian life from an adult. Equally exceptional as an emcee, singer and producer, M3NSA has toured Europe with Hip Hop legends like the The Wu-Tang Clan and The Roots and worked with some of Europe’s heavy hitters such as Sway, Asa and Nneka. M3NSA is currently promoting a film dubbed ‘Coz Ov Moni’ - the world's first Pidgen musical, in which he stars with Wanlov the Kubolor. Together the super rap duo known as F.O.K.N BOIS tell the story of an eventful day in the lives of two friends living in the heart of Accra. It is hilarious! It is animated. It is groundbreaking. To date the film has been accepted numerous international film festivals including South by Southwest, Rio International Film Festival (Brazil) Pan African Film Festival (Los Angeles) Black Filmmakers International Film Festival (London) Pan African Film Festival (Cannes) and Headliner Movie at African Weekender (Sussex).
M3nsa grew up passionate about music. M3NSA’s father, Tumi Ebo Ansah, rocked stages as a guitarist of British afro-pop sensation, Osibisa, and also starred in Heritage Africa (winner of the outstanding film award at the 1989 London Film Festival). His mother, the biggest influence on his music, taught him to play the piano when he was just eight years old. His first official foray into the business was via The Lifeline Family, a short-lived Hip-Life band in Accra, Ghana, which released one album. Following the demise of the band, M3NSA discovered a flair for music production that was soon recognized by Reggie Rockstone, the founder of Hip-life music, Ghana’s innovative blend of Highlife and Hip Hop. He featured on two tracks from Rockstone's third album; ‘Me Ka’ released in 2000. Rockstone quickly enlisted young M3NSA to produce his fourth album, ‘Last Show’. This album went on to be critically and commercially acclaimed.