Grace Kaki Awo Ocansey (born 28 March 1991) popularly known as Kaakie and Dancehall Queen is a Ghanaian dancehall artiste. She signed her first record with Xtra Large Music
She grew up as a music lover who listened to various genres of music until and did karaoke versions for many of the ones she cherished.
When in the University, an opportunity came for her to feature in one of the reality shows on TV called “Stars Of The Future”. She was part of the singing competition that run on Ghanaian TV for weeks; but unfortunately, she got evicted along the way (she was rated 5th). From there, she met up with renowned Ghanaian Sound Engineer/Executive Producer, JMJ Baby (Joshua Raphaelson) – courtesy Charter House – and she got signed to his record label – XTRA LARGE MUSIC
After she got signed onto the label, she dropped her debut single “Ewoo” which took the nation by surprise when it turned into a classic hit within a month after release. Big Ghanaian acts, Samini and Stonebwoy, could not stand ‘the magic’ than to also jump on the same song to do remix versions of “Ewoo” which were titled “Papistic” (Samini & Kaakie), “More Pon More” (Stonewboy & Kaakie) and “Latex” with Edem.
Just when many thought Kaakie’s entry into the game was a “flash in a pan”, she dropped her second joint called “Too Much” which shot up to international prominence – even more than “Ewoo” – which she released earlier.
After dropping “Too Much” also produced by JMJ Baby, Kaakie had the opportunity to share stage with big Jamaican international singjay, Mavado on October 8, 2012 at the Accra Sports Stadium which pulled over 18,000 audience.
Kaakie, apart from being the biggest voice in Africa who does Dancehall music is also the very first female to combine Nursing and Music together. She was the first female in Africa to ever win a Reggae/Dancehall award.
She has won 4 awards already within just 2 years that she has stepped on the music scene – “Best New Artiste 2012” by Yfm 107.9 Ghana, “New Artiste of the Year” at Ghana Music Awards 2013 AND also won the “Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year” award at the Ghana Music Awards 2013; and then the 4th one “Best Female Vocalist” at the recently ended BASS Awards 2013. However, she was picked as the “Female Artiste of the Year” in Ghana by Joy 99.7fm in a public survey.
On the normal, it is very scarce to find a female musician doing Dancehall in Africa or from Africa. But as in the case of Kaakie, she has stepped on the scene as not only Ghana’s first female act to take Dancehall to the international stage but as well, on the records, Africa’s first female Dancehall artiste who has gained international prominence within a short period of just 16 months.
Already, she has shared big stages with international artistes such as Keri Hilson, Bow Wow, Busy Signal, Demarco, Mavado, Kiprich, Tiwaa Savage, Davido, Brymo, M.I, Samini, Sarkodie, R2Bees and a host of others.
Just like Italian wine, Kaakie kept improving with time dropping hit by hit. So far, she has released 9 songs prior to her debut album launch scheduled for January 2013. Concurrently, she has released “Ewoo”, “Too Much”, “Toffee Pon Tongue”, “Top Gyal Time”, “DC Tun Up”, “Zuuchia”, “Designer Bumper” [Xtra Large Riddim], “Radio” and her very latest club banger “Koom Koom Cha”.
Kaakie aka “Queen Diva” has performed on prominent stages such as “Mavado Line In Ghana Concert’’, “Ghana Rocks Concert 2011”, “A Night Of 1013 Laughs”, ‘‘Resolution 2012 Concert – featuring Busy Signal & Kiprich”, “Vodafone Ghana Music Awards”, “Stand Up GH Concert – featuring Keri Hilson & Bow Wow”, “Ghana Meets Naija 2012 Concert” AND the “Demarco Live In Ghana Concert”.
Kaakie’s songs by the records are on heavy rotation by DJs and Radio Stations across USA, Canada, the UK, Spain, Italy, Norway, Netherlands, Germany, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, Sweden, Lebanon, Israel and a lot more. She currently pulls a Facebook fanpage over 57,000 and has over 22,000 followers on Twitter (@KaakieGH).
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