Ghanaian music sensation, Dennis Nana Dwamena, popularly known as KiDi, has spoken about his mental health and his hiatus from the music industry.
The Mon Bebe singer described his break as important but painful – leading to the postponement of his first North American tour.
In an interview with bbc.com, that aired on October 10, a day to commemorate World Mental Health Day, the Ghanaian Afrobeats star emphasized the importance of taking a step back to rest especially when pursuing a long-term career.
“Anything that requires strength definitely takes a toll on you when you do it for so long without resting…,” KiDi noted.
The Adiepena crooner further went on to discuss the mental health challenges celebrities face in the music industry – dealing with behind-the-scenes pressure. He continued by highlighting the importance of a strong support system as these pressures were a constant element associated with celebrities’ lifestyles.
In March this year, there were circulating rumors about the 2022 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGM) Artiste of the Year winner having suffered a stroke and a liver disease.
In an interview with Ghanaian media personality Sika Osei, the 30-year-old entertainer stated that the false rumors had caused fear and panic among his family, friends and fans.
Having canceled his North American tour and staying off social media to take care of his health, some individuals spread rumors of him having suffered a stroke.
The Say Cheese crooner addressed the rumors on his Instagram page as false which calmed the nerves of his family and friends.
“…Unfortunately, a few bad actors took this (taking care of myself) as an opportunity to spread false stories that got a lot of you concerned. While I do not want to give it any more attention, I want to categorically address that these stories were false,” said KiDi.
The Likor singer also stated emphatically that he is not battling with any liver disease as some fans may have been led to believe due to the lyrics of his song: “If I show you my liver, you go take me to prayer.”
KiDi who is signed to Lynx Entertainment, a leading record label in Ghana, has produced hits like Likor, Touch It, Shut Up, Enjoyment, and many others. The Ghanaian music sensation has collaborated with artistes like Kuami Eugene, Kwesi Arthur, Davido, Tyga, and India’s Tulsi Kumar on great hits. The Odo singer envisions himself teaming up with Drake, Rihanna, and Chris Brown someday.
KiDi in his interview with BBC also addressed the importance of taking time off career duties to rest and recharge. He encouraged creatives to allow themselves to have ‘lazy days’ as a healthy mind is significant for a healthy lifestyle.
“A lot of things have changed for me, including how I view things generally. One thing I’ve also learned in this time is that everything is controlled by my mind, how I see it, and my perspective,” he noted.