Kojo Funds amassed over 10-million views with his single ‘Dun Talkin’. That’s more than enough plays to demand people’s attention. Drawing inspiration from his life, Kojo Funds connects with listeners by providing commentary on his upbringing in his home of East London. He’s proud of his heritage, using his Ghanaian name ‘Kojo’ alongside the name ‘Funds’, which was given to him by his brothers. He describes his sound as ‘afroswing’ but Kojo Funds isn’t looking to be defined by genres. He’s ready to make bangers.
When did you first get involved in music?
I started taking it seriously around 2016. It had to be when I made ‘Dun Talkin’. It’s a serious track, I put my passion into it and the result was very big. It made me want take music more seriously and pursue it further.
When you were growing up, which genres influenced you the most?
The two genres that influenced me the most are grime and UK garage.
What do you enjoy the most about collaborating with other artists? Who is the one artist that you would love to collaborate with the most?
Collaborating means finding new ideas, creating new projects, being artistic, coming up with fresh things. Coming from two minds is a much more creative process. I would love to collaborate with Sean Paul, he’s the one person I look up to.
How do you feel about the recent spike in interest for UK-based music globally?
I feel good about it, it means the sound is moving places internationally. That’s the aim, for the music to expand across the world, and right now [with] the scene being looked upon, we should all be really pleased with that.
You describe your sound as “Afroswing,” can you give us your definition of this sound?
Afroswing is the mixture of African elements and other genres like dancehall, reggae, hip hop and R&B. Afro is the key part, then it swings from genre to genre.
Talk us through how this sound has influenced your work ethic and desire to be a force within the music industry.
For the scene to be recognized like that, it makes me want to work harder. It is what I want from the scene.
You’re playing Outlook Festival this year with the likes of artists such as Dizzee Rascal, Giggs, Wiley, and AJ Tracey. How does it feel to have your name included in such a stacked festival line-up?
It feels good, it’s somewhere I can expose my music to people from all over the world who are going to be there. I always try and stay humble. I’m myself.
What else can we expect from you this year?
More bangers, more bangers! A lot of work, a lot of singles. You’re going to be hearing my name a lot this year, 100%.
Kojo Funds will be playing at Outlook Festival alongside Wiley, Giggs, Dizzee Rascal, and AJ Tracey. Find out more here.