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Grime artist Kojo Funds releases video exploring childhood in Canning Town

PUBLISHED: 09:01 05 September 2018

Kojo Funds on shoot for the video, which explores his childhood in Canning Town. Picture: Timberland

Kojo Funds on shoot for the video, which explores his childhood in Canning Town. Picture: Timberland

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A musician who grew up in Canning Town has released a video exploring his childhood haunts.

In the film, Kojo catches up with childhood friends, gets a haircut, and records a track in the studio. Picture: TimberlandIn the film, Kojo catches up with childhood friends, gets a haircut, and records a track in the studio. Picture: Timberland

In the film, Kojo Funds, a 23-year-old afro-swing artist, revisits key locations from his youth, soundtracked by his single Who Am I, featuring grime rapper Bugzy Malone.

Starting on Freemasons Road near where he was born, the film follows the singer as he goes to the local recording studio, gets a haircut at a neighbourhood barber, and hangs out with friends from his youth.

The video was made in collaboration with Cityroam, the latest shoes from designer Timberland.

Kojo said: “Collaborating with Cityroam to talk about my journey has been enlightening for me. I can see how the struggles and experiences I went through motivated me to work harder and led me to where I am now.

Kojo grew up near Freemasons Road, and said his music is influenced by his ghanaian, dominican, and east London roots. Picture: TimberlandKojo grew up near Freemasons Road, and said his music is influenced by his ghanaian, dominican, and east London roots. Picture: Timberland

“When I was younger I would see my music idols wearing Timberland, so for me, it feels like I’ve come full circle.”

The film comes ahead of the launch of Kojo’s mixtape, Golden Boy, which comes out on September 28. Kojo said his first musical memories and inspiration came from living in Canning Town.

He said: “Growing up in Canning Town influenced my development as an artist positively. The struggle and experiences I went through motivated me to go harder and perfect my craft.

“My first musical memories are the grime days back in the local park, learning how to spit bars, and listening to artists like Kano and Ghetts.”

Kojo’s first song, Dun Talkin, came out in 2016. In the last two years, he’s sold more than two million singles in the UK, including Finders Keepers, featuring singer Mabel.

He coined the term afro-swing for his style of music, which combines his ghanaian and dominican heritage with his London roots.

In the narration for the video, Kojo explains how growing up in London influenced his music.

He said: “Roaming the streets of east London made me the person I am today, everything I know is from growing up in Custom House.

“The people around you in the neighbourhood, everybody was friendly. I travel a lot, but coming back to London makes me realise this is the city I love.”


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