So many female artistes have launched their musical careers but none of them have been able to break through like their male counterparts. However for the less than 1 year since Kaakie announced her presence on to the music scene, she keeps making headline stories here and there. Touching on her musical talents and the fact that she does Dancehall music, I sincerely believe Kaakie is the best female artiste in Ghana so far.
Becca, Eazzy, Mzbel, Diamond, Bertha, Tiffany,Eno,Lousika,Febry, Sala,Racquel,Efya etc are some names of female Ghanaian artistes we have been listening to for some time now but I am of the conviction that Kaakie is the best so far. She hasn’t been around for a long time but looking at the events unfolding prior to the release of her maiden album, I am of the conviction that none of the other female artistes can match up to her. Day in day out, stories are published about her with some meant to tarnish her reputation but all these stories have failed.
Kaakie keeps getting stronger and better .Before her maiden album release, she has already released 5 hit singles which are all enjoying massive airplay and has made her share stages with some big names on the showbiz so far as shows are concerned. I got in touch with Kaakie and this is what she has to tell all her fans and all those interested in showbiz.
XCLUSIV SHOWBIZ: Tell us about yourself – educational background, life as a young girl and family background.
KAAKIE: My real name is GRACE KAKI AWO OCANSEY – 21 years. I was born and raised in Accra; both parents are Ghanaian. My early years began from Sakumono before moving to my current place now – Dansoman. I went to St. Martin De Porres basic school in Dansoman, then proceeded to Achimota Senior High School. I’m currently reading Nursing at the University of Ghana, Legon – Level 300. I look forward to becoming a Midwife.
XCLUSIV SHOWBIZ: How did you get into music?
KAAKIE: I got into music talent about 6 years ago when I was in High School. I got more involved in it after High School and singing at church in the choir too. I went through the popular Reality TV Show (Stars of the Future) and from there I got signed to Xtra Large Music record label.
XCLUSIV SHOWBIZ: What are some of the challenges have you faced so far in your music career?
KAAKIE: Well, some of the challenges I face crop up from me postponing some interviews or calling off some shows because they come in the ‘wrong time’ (that is, clashing with another event of activity). Also, blending studio appointment with lectures or work at the hospital. It hasn’t been easy – I sometimes find myself on the ‘wrong-turns’ but all of that get me stronger, more experienced and focused on my career.
XCLUSIV SHOWBIZ: Which singles have you released so far? And what has been the response(s) so far after releasing them?
KAAKIE: I have officially released many songs (“Ewoo”, “Too Much”, “Toffee Pon Tongue”, “DC Tun Up”, “Top Gyal Time” and others). I have done some ‘collabos’ as well with Samini, Stonebwoy and Lingua Kat. The public response for my style of music has been fantastic – both locally and international. I can proudly say apart from Ghana, I have my music playing all over in the UK, USA, Spain, Norway, Germany, Australia, Italy, Netherlands, Canada, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and some other parts of the world. All these prove how far my music has gone down well with the world.
XCLUSIV SHOWBIZ: Do you see any other female artiste as a threat?
KAAKIE: I don’t live my life on threats. I believe the other female artistes are unique in their own ways and so am I. We all have our respective fans so I would not ‘underplay’ any of my female counterparts. I have my mind on my turf and doing my own thing. My style is my style; their style is their style.
XCLUSIV SHOWBIZ: Apart from the singles released so far what should fans expect from you?
KAAKIE: I am currently busy with studio sessions recording new joints so my fans should watch out for more hit songs from me. Just recently, I began working with Edem and Samini in studio. Very soon, the joints would be released so fans should watch out.
XCLUSIV SHOWBIZ: What are some of the major shows you have featured on?
KAAKIE: I have featured on ‘’Mavado Live In Ghana Concert’’ in October 2011 (my first international stage performance), “GH Rocks 2011”, “A Night Of 1013 Laughs”, ‘‘Resolution 2012 Concert – featuring Busy Signal & Kiprich”, “Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA 2012)”, “Stand Up GH Concert – featuring Keri Hilson & Bow Wow”, “Ghana Meets Naija 2012 Concert”, “Pro-Credit Bank 10th Anniversary Bash”, AND “Demarco Live In Ghana Concert”.
XCLUSIV SHOWBIZ: When should fans expect your album?
KAAKIE: My debut album launch is due for release before the end of this year. I am working on my music videos too and very soon they will hit the screens – all of these and more songs coming as a full package for my album release in by December.
XCLUSIV SHOWBIZ: Any awards you are eyeing?
KAAKIE: Yes indeed. I have my eyes on as many awards you can think of. I look forward to winning awards both in Ghana and on the international stage. Ghana Music Awards, KORA Music Awards, BET, Grammy, IRAWMA, MOBO, EME, MTV Music Awards, Channel O Music Awards….I want all of them you know..
XCLUSIV SHOWBIZ: What about her stage performances? Looks like you are not ‘too active’ on stage.
KAAKIE: With the issue about my stage performances I have heard some concerns raised by the public. Because I am doing Dancehall music, almost everybody expects me to always come in “crazy” on stage. But I believe when you put LADY SAW and ALAINE on the same stage, you would not expect the “same style of performance” from both artistes even though they are all female Dancehall artistes. LADY SAW has a ‘brand’ to keep for herself and ALAINE also has her own ‘brand’ to keep. I know my stage performances are not high energy but doing Dancehall does not always mean one should appear “crazy” on stage with “crazy costume” or “crazy act”. It varies from one artiste to the other.
For example, the way Lady Saw, Pamputae, Patra, Spice, Lisa Hyper and Tifa would perform on stage is totally different from performances from Alaine, Etana, Denyque, Toi, Cherine Anderson or Shelly Thunder. All the same, I do music and perform not for myself but for my fans, so always take on board their inputs and try to better my arts daily.
XCLUSIV SHOWBIZ: Your words to your fans.
KAAKIE: I thank each and every person out there who supports my music and loves what I do and the way I do it. Their love, support, criticisms, suggestions and prayers have brought me this far within just 12 months. It is no brag for me; I deem it a great blessing for God to have brought me this far. The journey still continues and I would need the support of my fans more than ever before. Without them I don’t exist so they should keep the cheers up for me and I will go farther than this. ‘Queen D.i.v.a’ says Kaakit up!!!