Sunday, September 12, 2010


Background Information

Birth Name: Abdul Razak Issahaku
Also Known As: IWAN, the Lyrical Gunshot
Born: 12th September, 1985
Origin: Ghana, Africa
Genres: Reggae and Dancehall
Occupation(s): Musician, Sound Engineer
Years Active: 2008 present
Label(s): Bulhaus Entertainment, Gideon Force

IWAN the Lyrical Gunshot, or simply IWAN (born Abdul Razak Issahaku, 12 September 1985) is a Reggae/Dancehall musician. He is one of the most commercially and critically successful contemporary reggae and dancehall artistsin Ghana, Africa and he is noted for his high number of releases. As of 2017 he has released 6 albums and over 100 singles.

He was born and raised in Accra NewTown, Greater Accra, Ghana where he studied Performing Arts at the University of Ghana.IWAN worked as an amateur sound engineer for 6 months at Soundpiper Studios in Labadi, Accra and later started working as a full time studio engineer and recording his own music at that time.

IWAN's career as a musician was inspired by Capleton, SizzlaKalonji, Bob Marley Movado & Gentleman music. Even though he recorded some rap songs in his early stages of career, Reggae and Dancehall was more appealing to him. IWAN's first management was Bulhaus Entertainment in 2008. Under Bulhaus Entertainment he featured on the remix of 'African girls' by5Five which was the biggest Dancehall song at that time.
He won the Best Reggae and Dancehall Artiste of the year(Vodafone Ghana Music Awards) in 2011 which makes him the first artist to win that prestigious award in Ghana - the pacesetter as many of his fans call him. and since then he has received several nominations and winning some for his outstanding art. The song "Thanks and Praise" was IWAN's biggest breakthrough among other massive hits including Who's Bad, Still Love Me and Jah Bless Me, all produced by IWAN himself.
He released his debut album "My Time" under Bullhaus Entertainment on September 12th 2010, a day which happens to be his birthday.IWAN performed on all large stages in Ghana and participated on many big events such as Ghana Music Awards (2011), Miss Ghana, and O2 Arena" in London. IWAN shared stage with many International artists such as Sizzla, Luciano, Movado, Busy Signal, Elephant Man, to mention a few. He toured UK in 2011 and 2012 promoting his album and performing at the Miss Ghana UK in London.
IWAN's second album titled "12 September" was released on September 12th 2011 at Tawala Beach Resort in Accra; In 2014, he released his third album JAH. .In 2015, he released his fourth album AM A GIDEON MIXTAPE which came with 40 reggae and dancehall tracks.In 2016, IWAN released his fifth solo album GASKIYA.
2017 was so succesfull with his Latest Album Trust in The Lord which hs recieved so much attention both in Ghana and Abroad.
Recently returned from a sucessful tour in Ethiopia where he has started recordng his next E.P album with zaylas Records top Producer Ras Alula. Next album Schedulled to be Released in september 2018.

1. Best Reggae Video of The year (4syt Vide Awards) 2010
2. Best Reggae Dancehall Artiste of the year (Vodafone Ghana music Awards) 2011
3. Best Reggae Album of the year (Bass Awards) 2014
4. Best Song Writer of the Year (Bass Awards) 2015
5. Best Entertainment Personality (Nima Excellence Awards) 2018

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