Music video by Amerado performing ‘Counsellor’. Directed by Kojo Myles.
Derrick Sarfo Kantanka, best known as Amerado, is a Ghanaian rapper from Kumasi. He is the curator of Yeete Nsem, Ghana’s first news casting rap series.
After placing third at the Solid FM Freestyle Show in 2015, Amerado caught the attention of music producer, sound engineer and A&R, Azee Ntwene, who signed the rapper to his label MicBurnerz Music. Amerado was featured on a song by Mix Master Garzy intended to promote peace around the 2016 Ghanaian general election. The following year, Amerado released his first single which Pulse Ghana included among their top 10 Ghanaian songs in January 2017.He released his first EP Rapmare that November.In 2018, Amerado was featured on Sarkodie’s hip-hop song “Biibi Ba”, which was nominated for the Best Hiphop Song at the 2019 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.
On 8 August 2019, Ghana disc jockey DJ Black released a controversial list of the country’s top 50 rappers, on which he placed Amerado in the forties.On 1 October 2020, Reggie Rockstone, an influential figure in Ghanaian music genre hiplife, called Amerado one of the best rappers to ever come from Ghana.
In 2020, Amerado joined Shatta Wale and other rappers in Kumasi to release Ahodwo Las Vegas.In August 2021, Amerado had a freestyle and interview session with Tim Westwood on Capital Xtra in London. GRM Daily reported his freestyle session as one of the best on the show.
Amerado released his second extended play Patience on 26 October 2021, featuring Black Sherif, Shatta Wale, Fameye, YPee and Kweku Flick, with production from Azee Ntwene, Izjoe Beatz, Samsney and ItzCJ Madeit. The EP peaked at No. 1 on music streaming platforms Apple Music, Audiomack, Boomplay and YouTube. The EP was adjourned the BEST EP at the 2022 3Music Awards. Amerado is the first Kumasi-based artist to win the Rapper of the Year award at the 3Music Awards.