Desmond Kwesi Blackmore (born 12 January 1986) better known by his stage name D-Black is an anglophone Ghanaian hip-hop star.
He is a music business entrepreneur, executive producer, and multiple award-winning Anglophone hip hop/afrobeat artist from Ghana.
Outside of making music, he is the C.E.O of the multimedia firm “Black Avenue Works” which specializes in product/brand marketing, celebrity advertising, entertainment consultancy, and corporate & social events.
There are subsidiary companies of Black Avenue Works that D-Black is director of namely “Black Avenue Muzik”, an independent Record Label and Distribution outlet, “Black Avenue Clothing” an independent clothing line, “Livewire Events” co-owned by himself and his road and business managers. He is also the creative director of “Black Avenue TV” and “Black Avenue Films”, two new television and film production companies with a movie and television show under their belt in their past year.
D-Black is the official brand ambassador for Ciroc Ultra Premium Vodka in Ghana, He is the brand ambassador and has a share marketing deal with Black Sun Energy Drink, D-Black is the face of his Black Avenue Clothing Line and was the brand ambassador for The Rlg Brand of VIVA phones in the West African Sub Region in 2013.
D-Black is also the CEO / Owner of Club Onyx, a plush nightclub located in the heart of Accra, Ghana in the upscale Cantonments neighborhood, 3 minutes away from the Presidential Residence.
With two solo albums under his belt in 2011 and 2013, “Music, Love & Life” & “The Revelation”, the rapper has received over 60 award nominations with 15 wins around the African continent including nods and wins at the Channel O Music Video Awards, The BET Awards, The Vodafone Ghana Music Awards, The MTN 4Syte Music Video Awards, The Sound City Awards, Ghana Music Awards UK and more. He recently signed a 2-year digital distribution deal with Universal Music, Africa for his next album and has performed in over 40 cities including London, Coventry, Manchester (U.K) New York, Boston, D.C (USA), Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton (Canada), Italy, Holland, Johannesburg, Capetown (South Africa) and more. D-Black has performed/opened for international acts including Chris Brown, Rick Ross, Jay Z, Busta Rhymes, Akon, Sean Paul and more on various stages.
The young entertainer, in his 6-year career by then, has churned out chart-topping hits including Vera, Change Your Life ft. EL, My Kinda Girl ft. Sarkodie, Personal Person and Seihor with Castro Get on da dancefloor, Somebody ft. Kwabena Kwabena, Red Card, Kotomoshi and more.
He has in the past few years, collaborated with other African A-List acts including Nigeria’s Davido, Waje, Phyno, Seyi Shay, Sean Tizzle, Mo Cheddah, South Africa’s TearGas, Cassper Nyovest, Donald, Kenya’s STL, Zimbabwe’s Buffalo Souljah, Stanley Enow from Cameroon, Fally Ipupa from Congo, Vanessa Mdee from Tanzania and some of Ghana’s most talented acts including Sarkodie, Castro, Stonebwoy, E.L, Efya and more. D-Black is currently in the studio working on his third studio album ‘Lightwork’
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