O’hene Savànt, born to a father he never knew and a drug addicted mother, had his childhood start off all too similar to many North Philadelphia youth. However, O’hene found his direction in life and a focus in Hip-Hop. He soon caught the attention of some pretty big names in the “Hip-Life” (Ghanaian hip-hop) movement, and was invited to produce a few commercially successful records and share the stage at Accra’s annual music festival. This is where he earned the name “Ohene,” which loosely translates into “chief by divine ordination.”
Having never been signed to any of the big three record companies, through sheer grassroots marketing, O’hene Savànt now has a significant international fan base which includes people of all walks of life from university professor Dr. Cornel West to poet laureate Nikki Giovanni to fellow musicians Mary Mary, Christopher “Play” Martin, DJ Premier, Big Daddy Kane, and Jeff Majors.
AllHipHop.com took a couple days to document O’hene doing what he loves to do best, music, watch this exclusive Spotlight on O’hene Savànt: