Kobi Onyame

Kobi Onyame looking up at the camera


Urban Music

Kobi is a Ghanaian, UK based hip hop producer and artist. He has played at Glastonbury and T in the Park and was included in Vic Galloway's (BBC Radio 1 and Radio Scotland) 50 Scottish based artists to watch out for in 2011.

Kobi was awarded an Urban Music grant in 2008 which he used to set up a home recording studio which he is still using today. As well as the grant itself, the Urban Music scheme enabled him to make contact with, and receive guidance from, some big industry players including Semtex, Jasmine Doti Wala and others.

I wanted the freedom to be creative whenever I wanted or needed. This allowed me to do that.


Kobi says, "The music industry is about determination, relationships, networking and timing. I learnt all three during my experience at [the] BBC Performing Arts Fund. All the people on the panel play an important role in the music industry and through the Performing Arts Fund I made contacts and built relationships."

Since receiving an Urban Music grant, Kobi has gone on to record and self-release his album Green Green Grasses, the follow up to his 2008 debut Unsigned and Hungry. He has also shared the bill with music greats including Kanye West, Akon, De La Soul, Flo Rida, Wiley and more, and his 2009 single He Said She Said featured UK rap heavyweight Sway, a partnership supported by 1Xtra and BBC Radio 1.

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Other Winners

Jay Diamond aka 'Lady Jay UK'

Presenter/journalist/artist, Lady Jay currently hosts a radio show online and writes for hip hop websites and magazines. She has created a successful DVD around interviews she has done with urban artists both in the UK and USA. An Urban Music grant in 2008 helped her to produce a second DVD, creating a brand that supports up and coming artists.

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Fabien Facey aka 'Solja'

Full time MC Solja has created a very successful pilot project with Mothers against Violence, using urban music workshops in schools to address gun and knife crime issues. He has done business training and would like to become a full time events manager and hopes to take school projects on tour outside Manchester.

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