Spinning a cultural web of music.
Michael Mensah Ayenu, popularly known as DJ Mensah, is a Ghanaian DJ, events promoter and entrepreneur who hails from Denu in the Volta Region of Ghana. DJ Mensah’s name has become familiar with the Ghanaian Nightlife scene since the early 2000s. Having followed through with his passion to start djing sometime in 1999, he later decided to take it up as a full-time career. He has worked as a manager for Venus World Multimedia and also was the Welfare Manager and Production Assistant for Empire Entertainment. Mensah has traveled and spun music for many Ghanaian acts and shared stages with international artistes from around the globe. He is most notable for being the long term DJ for Ghana’s front line rapper, Sarkodie. Emmanuel Oscar Ugoh, representing Vibe.ng caught up with the “Untouchable” DJ for a little chit chat.
ASIDES BEING SARKODIE’S PERSONAL DJ FOR A LONG LONG TIME, WHAT SHOULD PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT DJ MENSAH?
I am the managing partner of Akwaaba Group Company where I run most of the major events in Ghana And UK such as “Miss Ghana UK”, “Party in the park”, “Ghana Independence” in the UK, “DJ Mensah’s Annual All White Party”, “MovenPick” etc. I also do businesses on the side.
YOU’VE BEEN TAGGED AS “THE UNTOUCHABLE”. WHY?
I got the title from my best friend, everyone was fighting for the number one spot. He realized even though most DJ’s where good, I had a unique style and that makes your number unable to touch me.
YOU’VE TOURED THE WORLD, PLAYING MUSIC. WHAT SONG GETS THE CROWD, REGARDLESS OF WHERE YOU DROP IT?
All I do is win by Dj Khaled.
WHAT DO YOU THINK HAS CONTRIBUTED TO THE ATTENTION AFROBEAT IS CURRENTLY RECEIVING?
It’s the different sound, unique styles, fresh to the ears and amazing talents
IN YOUR OWN WORDS, WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES SARKODIE RELEVANT?
He is breaking barriers with something that is different, that is our local language (Twi) and with impeccable delivery. Even though most people don’t understand what he says most times, his unique style makes you want to listen to him again and again.
YOU’VE DROPPED MANY PROJECTS OVER THE DECADE. WHICH HAS BEEN THE MOST SUCCESSFUL?
I will say my annual mixtapes personally, that is what takes most of my time. I take a long time to work on a mixtape why? Because I want all my mixtapes to be timeless, I want to be able to pick a mixtape I recorded 10 yrs ago and still enjoy it now like I first recorded it.
HOW HAS SOCIAL MEDIA AND STREAMING, CHANGED THE MUSIC GAME?
Alot. Starting from the era of turntables, then to cassette decks, then to CD players, to software and now to even controllers. Social media has made it easy to take your song to consumers just by a click on your phone, easy access to your materials around the world depending on your reach.
IT’S A FRIDAY NIGHT IN LAGOS AND YOU’RE THE SPECIAL GUEST DJ. WHAT’RE YOUR FIRST 5 TUNES TO OPEN THE SET?
Anybody -Burna boy, Killin’ em Zlatan & Burna boy, Omo Ada-Medikal, Kpok3k3 -Stonebowy, Omunye -Distraction boys
ICON, LEGEND OR ORIGINATOR. HOW DO YOU THINK HISTORY WILL REMEMBER YOU AND WHY?
We are still too young to start blowing our horns again, I will rather be given a title than to call myself one.
IF YOU HAD A MILLION-DOLLAR INVESTMENT PACKAGE, WHICH TWO GHANAIAN NEW TALENTS, WILL YOU PICK AS BENEFICIARIES?
Kofi mole and Akwaboa
WHAT’S THE ONE THING YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH YOUR FANS IN NIGERIA AND ACROSS THE AFRICAN SUB-REGION?
That I throw the biggest parties in town, it’s just not a party but an experience. If you’re in town or anywhere around the world and hear DJ Mensah is involved. Don’t miss that party. To listen to my latest project, just type DJ Mensah on iTunes or my listen to my monthly podcast. Follow DJ MENSAH, on all social media platforms.