Up-Close with Artiste Manager, HB Sedem

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Known to be a prominent figure in the entertainment circles, especially in the garden city (Kumasi), Hayford Benjamin Sedem, widely known in the entertainment circles as HB Sedem is a stalwart in Artiste Management, Artistes and Repertoire (A&R), Music Distribution and Promotion Expertise. He’s also a freelance radio pundit and song writer.

It’s not by a strange phenomenon that HB Sedem took all these positions upon himself, as he grew up in a musical family. His father is a drummer and former member of a musical band in the 80s. He currently plays at church every Sunday and owns a huge catalogue of music from all over the world. His mother was a chorister whilst growing up,

The influence built up in him, hence in Junior High School (JHS, then JSS) he got inspired by a mate named Collins to form a musical group called Zigma F. The duo would buy every album released at the time and listen to them together. One day Collins suggested to Sedem to write their own songs. Thence he wrote bars mostly inspired by Twista and Busta Rhymes. In high school, he developed his own style of blending Dancehall and Tongue-twisting rap.

After graduating from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), he stopped actively doing music. Currently, Sedem runs a start-up music label called YB Click, with 5 signed artistes. He frequently contributes on radio programs about entertainment. He’s also a go-to consultant on music making and promotion in Kumasi.

Throughout his involvement in the entertainment circles, he has influenced and mentored almost all the rappers in Kumasi. He happens to be a co-founder of the Hood Cyphaz series that aims to unearth good rappers in Kumasi, and its various suburbs.

Upon all these, HB Sedem doubles up as a Chemist and Technical Analyst for Diversey West Africa, Ghana. The mastermind continues to better his craft and aims to be the best at all his roles.

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