Kwame Kwaten

Kwame Kwaten, Manager, Musician, Producer and Publisher, The list goes on. Kwame Kwaten is one of the UK music industry’s leading managers and most prestigious producers. Currently managing acts such as Laura Mvula, Shannon Saunders and The Night VI. And having produced classic pop hits like ‘Wishing On A Star’ – Jay Z, and ‘You Might Need Somebody’ – Shola Ama. Kwame’s experience and portfolio puts him at the top of the UK’s music business experts.

Born May 13th 1967 in Oxford shire, Kwame Amankwa Kwaten started his musical career learning the ins and outs of the production world at his local studio ‘Courtyard Studios’. After gaining a production deal with a school friend in 1984. Kwame spent a year at Courtyard honing in his skills. In 1989 a session musician called Steve Marston approached Kwame to join his exciting new band D-Influence. D-Influence self released their first album and after a plug from Tim Westwood on Capital FM, which soon led to their first record deal with Acid Jazz Records, Then signing to Atlantic for their biggest album ‘Good 4 We’. D-Influence accomplished many powerful moments such as supporting Micheal Jackson, Price, and James Brown to name a few. But most notably performing as Bjork’s backing band on her debut Jools Holland performance. D-Influence soon turned to a production group, producing and remixing work for Mick Jagger, Seal, Tom Jones and more. However it was Shola Ama that broke D-Influence as mainstream producers. Kwame personally found Shola. Hearing her humming while walking past each other Kwame auditioned her on the platform of Hammersmith station.

Kwame has always made a conscious effort to involve and open doors to young people to get into the music business. He started the Urban Music Seminar(now known as The Ultimate Seminar) which is regularly oversubscribed and over attended. The seminar bridges the gap between the class room and the boardroom, bringing in other industry leaders such as other managers and heads of labels. As well as running internship and work experience placements through his current management work and consultancy work.

Kwame now works predominantly in management. After starting his management career at ATC, he now runs his own management company ‘Ferocious Talent’. Kwame Manages Laura Mvula, Steve Brown, Kerry Leatham and many more exciting artists.

All in all, an industry leader/pioneer and a very busy guy.