By: Amanda Hather
Akua Dwumaah, also known as Akua Jones is an MC and R&B artist from Toronto. She became the first female cypher for the CFRE radio station from the University of Toronto back in 2012 and also came in third out of fifty in Toronto’s Got Talent. Not only an MC and R&B artist, Akua also takes part in creative writing, poetry, singing, dance, models and even designs for popular urban fashion designers in Toronto. We had the opportunity to ask Akua a few questions so you can get to know this up and coming artist a bit better.
Have you always wanted to pursue a career in music?
I have always had a passion for music but it was at the age of 20 was when I made the decisions to really get serious and start pursuing a career in music.
How do you find time to make music on top of writing, dancing, modeling and designing?
I have created a weekly schedule that I try to follow. This schedule consists of writing time, dancing time, lunch, time set aside for family and other things. Essentially, it’s about making sure I devote my time equally for each craft as well as perfecting the art of time management.
What was it like competing in Toronto’s Got Talent?
It was a great experience I would love to do something like that again. I enjoyed just being on stage and being able to show the audience what new material I was working on. I also appreciate the advice from the all the judges that were at the competition. It helped me get better as an artist.
If someone hadn’t heard your music before, how would you describe it to them? Is there a song they should start with first?
I would describe my music as upbeat and fun
Who are your musical influences?
Tupac, Stack bundles, Beyoncé and Celine Dion
What’s your writing process like?
When I write I have to be alone. I actually normally write in my car. I find that is a space that I’m very comfortable in and also very creative.
What’s coming up next for you?
I’m working on a new EP coming out very soon. I’m also in the process of creating my new music video for my single “What You Need.” So look out for that!
Here at Canadian Beats we like to throw in a few quick questions so your fans can get to know you a bit better:
What do you think the most played song on your iPod is?
Right now it would be the Drake diss to Meek Mill called Back to Back.
If you were in charge of a weekend long music festival, who would be on the bill?
Definitely these four – Jay-Z , Nicki Minaj , Future , and Nas.
If you had to listen to one album for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Jay – Z – Reasonable Doubt
Are there any Canadian bands or artists that you would recommend to your fans?
And finally, is there anything you would like to say to your fans?
Thank you for supporting my music, I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. I do this for you and without you there is no me.
Connect with Akua Jones:
I’m a Toronto girl born and raised but have been living in Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick since 2010. Music and writing are my two passions, so what better place for me to be than a writer with Canadian Beats? I have been writing for the blog since May of 2013 and have had so many great experiences because of it. I listen to almost every kind of music but my favourites are pop rock, rock, indie, folk, and any other combinations of them. Concerts are definitely my favourite place to be, especially when you’re right against the barricade and can feel the energy from the band and the crowd, everyone singing the same lyrics and moving to the music. I also have a college degree in Business Administration and hope to one day be able to publish a novel.