REAL NAME: Cwesi Nyhira Oteng
DATE OF BIRTH: April 27th
RECORD LABEL: BBnZ Live
Touted as the new sound of African gospel music, Cwesi Oteng (real name Kwesi Nhyira Oteng) is a young Ghanaian gospel recording artiste, songwriter, youth pastor, creative director, conference speaker and youth advocate who has the calling of bringing God’s message of hope, love, peace, transformation and care to humanity upon him as well as being a voice of assurance for the lonely, rejected, lost and forgotten in society through music and social projects.
Cwesi Oteng’s music reflects his passion, soul and drive- creative blend of cross-cultural African and western rhythms, contemporary elements and dynamic vocals laced with powerful though-provoking messages revealing the rare anointing on him. His focus on the youth goes way back to his teenage formative years where his experience deem that stage to be very pivotal in one’s life and task on this earth.
However, it is the idea to do away with boundaries relating to race, culture, geographic associations and music genres together with the passion to serve the body of Christ and impact positively the world at large that urges Cwesi not to limit his gift. Blessed with a distinctive voice and the prolific gift to churn out inspiring songs with a creative aura in a poignant way, Cwesi is one of the most creative gospel music sensations today making a statement for Africa’s gospel.
Born Kwesi Nhyira Oteng (but stage named Cwesi Oteng), Cwesi accepted Christ in his teens and was introduced to gospel music at church which he took up seriously and later found as his calling. After a serving in the Praise & Worship ministry of his local church for well over a decade, Cwesi got the opportunity to pour out his passion on his 15-track maiden album, ‘Blessed Are They’.
The album blessed many with songs such as the title track ‘Blessed Are They’, ‘Look into Your Eyes’, ‘Daughter You Can’, among others but it was the soul inspiring ‘Okurayen’ that defined Cwesi as unique breed of music minister.
This paved way for a structured direction with regards to the vision that God gave him to reconcile the world unto him; the mandate to be the voice of assurance for the lost, lonely, forgotten, rejected, poor, unsaved and saved through anointed music and social cause with focus mainly on the youth.
The song, ‘Mercy’ (But for Your Mercy), has propelled Cwesi Oteng to high heights with nominations in local and continental awards which recently earned him New Artiste of the Year at the Ghana Gospel Industry Awards and given huge anticipation for the Mercy Project. Cwesi and his Flo Riva Inc. crew breaks down all about God’s mercy in an amazing presentation that will bless and challenge patrons.
Cwesi Oteng, touted as the new sound of African gospel music, is one of Africa’s leading Contemporary Gospel Music artistes. Based in his country of birth, Ghana, Cwesi is a gospel recording artiste, songwriter, youth pastor, creative director, speaker and youth advocate who has the calling of bringing God’s message of hope, love, peace, transformation and care to humanity upon him as well as being a voice of assurance for the lonely, rejected, lost and forgotten in society through music and social projects.
Cwesi Oteng’s music reflects his passion, soul and African connection. However, it is the idea to do away with boundaries relating to race, culture, geographic associations and music genres together with the passion to serve his generation and impact positively the world at large that Cwesi has resolved not to limit his gift and music delivery. His music has that unique signature of urban sound with western contemporary elements but importantly fused with strong cross-cultural African rhythms most often either very prominent or subtle in the background over dynamic vocals that are laced with thought-provoking messages very relevant to current times and appealing to all especially the youth.
Cwesi has been garnering attention all over Africa and the world at large since 2010 when he re-structured his music ministry and released his first hit single, ‘Mercy (But for Your Mercy)’, off his September 2012 released Mercy Project album. Many accolades began pouring in, continued and keep coming with subsequent hit singles, ‘God Dey Bless Me’ and ‘Kabiyesi’. The accolades earned by the hit singles and their videos have built for Cwesi a very influential image as one of the most attractive gospel music brands raising the flag of African gospel music so high. Some of his new songs includes, Jehovah Overdo and what a Mighty God we serve, all enjoying massive airplay on all radio and TV Channels