Earl Owusu Ansah, known in the music scene as Tecknikal, a young Columbus, Ohio based Ghanaian artist signed unto Mugeez’s Extrial music Label is out with his second song ‘Chan Chan Lady’
‘Chan Chan Lady’ is scheduled to be released on Friday, May 15, 2020, under Extrial Music after his first released ‘Fantasy’
According to him, ‘Chan Chan Lady’ is a romantic and catchy Afrobeats song produced by iPappi, known for his production on Stonebwoy’s ‘Ololo’. “‘Chan Chan Lady’ was greatly inspired by the Highlife genre, which originates from Ghana.”
Tecknikal said, he wanted to pay tribute to his roots, which he most definitely did with this wonderful song ‘Chan Chan Lady’ which is Tecknikal’s first single in 2020 following his previous release “Fantasy”, his first release under Extrial Music.
The video was shot and directed by David Duncan, who worked with artists such as La Même, Joey B and Mugeez of R2bees. Release day for the visuals is Sunday 17.05 at 16h Ghana time. Tecknikal came to Ghana to shoot the video, which was edited by Damola Ajanaku of Victorious Films. “I definitely wanted the video to be shot in Ghana, the birthplace of Highlife music. I left Ghana when I was 15 but it will always be my home. Most of my musical inspiration roots in Ghana”, explains Tecknikal.
Tecknikal was born in Kumasi on September 16, 1997. He was raised with his two brothers by his grandparents in Famesua in the Ashanti Region, after his parents; Freda Osei Bonsu and Kwame Owusu Ansah divorced. Tecknikal and his brothers were with their grandparents for 15 years, until 2013 when he traveled with his brother to live with their mother in the USA.
He attended kindergarten at the Schooling Stars Academy completed preparatory school at M. A. Bediako Adventist Preparatory school and JHS at Adventist Junior High School in Amakom, all in the Ashanti region of Ghana.
Tecknikal had his second cycled education at the Kumasi Anglican Senior High School from SHS 1 to the second term of SHS 2. He continued his high school education at the Westerville South High School, Columbus, Ohio, and graduated in 2016.
He went to Columbus State College for a semester, he said: “this time I was also working on my music so eventually, I took a break from college to focus on music full time.” Tecknikal, technically started his music journey in 2016, where he dropped the ‘Styla season’ Album, the ‘guapanese’ mixtape, an EP dubbed ‘Dedication’ and some good amount of singles, “which are all available on most streaming platforms under my stage name Tecknikal. It’s safe to say I have over 30 songs out online. I have worked with numerous producers but noticeably Oge Beats and DCQ beats.”
Tecknikal belongs to the group that supports 100% authentic music, especially to the class that is not limited by music genres, he can be called a multi-genre artiste because of he likes to experiment a lot and is always ready to showcase his versatility on different sounds.
The young artiste aspires to be the one to change the phase of Afrobeat worldwide. He takes inspiration from legends such as Sarkodie, R2bees, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, and more. “I would want to continue their good work and put a magnifying glass on the map of Ghana for the whole world to see how exceptional and influential we are to modern music, especially afrobeat. Before I decided to pick up the pen to write music I remember one of my biggest inspirations being Sarkodie. I admired how he made being a rapper look like the coolest job on earth. From the way, he shot his videos to how he dressed. It made me want to be like him. R2bees were also part of my early inspirations to pursue music. Both Mugeez and Paedae (Omar Sterling) had and still do have my respect for how they could give us a mixture of melodious songs and hard-hitting punchlines. Kanye West is also someone who inspires me a lot. From his life to his music to how he runs his business. I relate to him in the sense that he was constantly underestimated by people and somehow he always pulls through. I think he has one of the most inspiring stories in music history.”
Tecknikal is currently signed unto Extrial Music, a sister label to R2bees which is run by Mugeez of R2bees since December 2019 and has his first song under the label dubbed ‘Fantasy’. The song is available on all streaming platforms with the official music video on Youtube.
His social media handles are Instagram: @_tecknikal, Twitter: @_tecknikal, Facebook: @Tecknikal