MR FANTASTIK BIO
Mr. Fantastik is an international Reggae dance hall and Afro pop artist, Humanitarian activist and a yogi based in Vancouver, BC Canada. He was born in a historic town called Cape Coast, Ghana, the place enriched with its own history, music, and entertainment; music and dancing are embedded in their own culture and daily living – fishing and farming.
At a very tender age, Mr. Fantastik became an orphan and ended up in Little Ashram, a village in Ghana called Asian Fasu where Vedas Spiritual Practice shaped and strengthened his spiritual growth. He practiced all kinds of yoga and focused on spiritual life self-discipline. At the age of ten, he moved back to his birth place, Cape Coast and joined the center for national culture, learning and talent development, AGRO company, where he realized that he was given a special gift of talent, not only writing and composing his own music at a young age, but to dance and do so many circus acrobatic tricks, the ability to feel and play any kind of instrument naturally.
Mr. Fantastik is a Reggae and Dancehall artist who fuses African and Jamaican influences and blends them with circus acrobatics, a must-see stage show. Having spent many years travelling internationally as a circus performer and acrobat, it is not unusual to see Mr. Fantastik blending his skills in Afro pop music, Afro folk music, Reggae Dancehall music, R&B and Hip hop. With his easy-going, charismatic stage manner, he has been consistently providing colorful, dynamic performance on every stage he has been invited to and grabbing the attention of numerous audiences in all ages and cultures. .
As an international artist, Humanitarian activist and a yogi, Mr. Fantastik has been straddling the boundaries between Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and the U.S. organizing the workshops and performing shows and festivals to raise funds to build the centre for national culture learning and talent development for street kids in his hometown, Cape Coast, Ghana to motivate and bring hope to the future generations. This multi-talented performer has also shared the stages with the artists such as Alpha Blondy, Elephant Man, Morgan Heritage, Cat Power, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Jose Gonzalez, Eddie Kenzo, Emmanuel Jal, the Tallest Man on Earth, Foy Vance, Lord Huron, and the Cat Empire, Cecile Doo-Kingue, the New Pornographers, Jojo Abot, Alpha Yaya Dialo, Tooth and the Maytals, Maxi Prast, Delhi to Dublin, Black Seeds, Tasman Jude and many others.
Named one of Africa’s Top 10 Global Stars by CTV, he has showcased his talent at the prestigious venues such as The Vogue Theatre Vancouver, BC, Granville Studio Records Vancouver BC, The Commodore Ballroom Vancouver BC and The Rio Theatre.
He has established his own musical and acrobatics, dance company, toured and played in many venues, festivals & TV shows, such as:
Jasper Folk Festival, Corona Whistler Beer Music Festival, Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival, North Vancouver Caribbean Days Festival, African Descent Festival (2018)
Burnaby Afro festival, Richmond World Music Festival, One Love Reggae Festival (2017)
Surrey Kids Festival, Victoria Ska and Reggae Festival, Calgary Folk Festival, Sound Wave Festival, Squamish Music Festival (2016)
Calgary International Reggae Festival, Panafest History Festival (toured Africa and beyond with a Ghanaian/Danish dance theater group (2015)
Vancouver Reggae Festival (2014)
So You Think You Can Dance Canada TV Show, Zionk D Kids TV Show (2013)
* Surrey Fusion Festival, Maple Ridge Caribbean Festival, North Vancouver Caribbean Days, African Descent Festival (2010-2018)
Forward Festival 2008
Mr. Fantastik continues on his journey of music, dance and acrobatics in North America with Jah request root life reggae band and has been recording over 60 mixtapes, EP’s, singles, and collaborating with other artists. Recently, he was on a tour to Ghana for radio and TV interviews about his Youth Foundation Program and music, and also recorded two hit singles – New Dancehall King and Ready and Steady that can be found on all online music shops.
“Life is with my super powerful energy” (Music is food for soul) is Mr. Fantastik’s quote. “We are music so let it play from the soul”.