Have you ever seen a Romanian eating
Kokonte? You’re about to see one whose home lays in the
Gold Coast of Africa fondly known as Ghana.
Launch 05 - New York - Photo by Mewzik
Take Bob Marley out of Jamaica, birth him
in Romania and breed him in Ghana, replace his singing
with raps and chants and you have WANLOV – not just because
of his looks but the message he presents.
Always representing real hard for the continent
of Africa, Mr. Emmanuel Owusu-Bonsu lovingly known by
close friends as “spooky” but performs as Wanlov (“1 luv”)
believes his purpose is “seeking truth and gaining knowledge
to share, for improvement of the quality of life for all;
peace, progress, & prosperity.
His infectious style of flow and unadulterated
talent, charisma and lyrical skill gives props to his
influences - Busta Rhymes, Bob Marley, Fela Kuti, Wyclef
Jean, Sizzla, Dead Prez, Common, Blay Ambolley, Mos Def,
Canibus, Bahamadia, Reggie Rockstone, & Lauryn Hill.
The list is long but the artists are their own special
ingredient making the broth that Wanlov is one of a unique
Not only is Wanlov a personal favorite,
he performed religiously every Thursday night in the early
months of 2005 at “Project Blowed” in Los Angeles’s Leimert
Park (an African American cultural hub in LA). “Project
Blowed” is one of the most demanding assemblies of underground
Hiphop artists on the planet; Wanlov has had several performances
there. Unlike many emcees new on the “Project Blowed”
scene, the phrase “please pass the mic” was never used
to get him off the stage.
He has also been featured in the Spring
2004 issue of “The Ave” Magazine as a trilingual conscious
emcee as he is fluent in Twi, English, Romanian, and Pijjin
(pidgin) and includes all languages in his music. How
can you not love someone who comes up with a chune on
seeing a Chinese person eating Kokonte (dried cassava
flour), or “Bail Money” brought about by the hardships
he went through when he spent a brief period of time at
a private holding facility - I.N.S abduction in Laredo,
TX for school status reasons?
To learn more about Wanlov, visit www.roarentertainment.com
where “all lyons roar” and check out his massive portfolio
Peace and love from your beloved Empress
Email Margaret at firstname.lastname@example.orgU