Tic Tac Honoured

One of Ghana’s veteran hiplife artistes, Nana Kwaku Okyere Duah, aka Tic Tac, was last Saturday honoured with a hiplife honours in recognition of his contribution to the Ghanaian music industry by the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA).

At the event dubbed: ‘MUSIGA Ghana Music Honours’ held at the National Theatre in Accra, a number of music stakeholders were also honoured by the MUSIGA.

The event which was organised to reward 21 musicians and other industry players formed part of series of programmes organised to commemorate the Ghana Music Week Festival.

The event was organised to reward 21 musicians and other industry players who have contributed immensely to the growth of the music industry in Ghana.

Tic Tac was given the coveted hiplife honours for single-handedly exporting Ghana music to Europe, Africa and other continents and remaining relevant in Ghana music.

Looking rather humbled and overwhelmed as he was being honoured, Tic Tac after receiving the award said, ‘I feel so honoured. I thank the Almighty God for giving me strength and I thank every human being in every part of this world who has supported me in diverse ways to get this far. I feel so motivated and encouraged.’

Tic Tac also expressed his satisfaction to the honour bestowed on him and thanked lovers of Ghana music for their support for the industry.

The ‘Don’t Let your Baby Go’ hit maker said his passion for the music industry continuous to grow daily, and added that the award would push him to do more.

He charged his colleagues in the industry and the upcoming ones to uphold Ghana’s music industry, for posterity and generations would remember their hard work as it has happened to him.

Tic Tac began his music career while a secondary school student in  Accra in 1997 with a group called Natty Strangers along with his best friend Bessem Bikhazi (famously known as Cold Sweat).

Tic Tac in 1999 released his maiden solo album, ‘Philomena’, which became an instant hit on the music scene.

‘Menka Bio’, a single from Tic Tac’s third album, ’Masem’, topped the Ghana music chart for 22 consecutive weeks in 2002-2003, which was a record at the time.

He has performed internationally alongside artistes such as  50 Cent ,  Lloyd Banks ,  Kanda Bongo Man and  Buju Banton .

The video for Tic Tac’s 2006 single ‘Kangaroo’ was directed by  Gil Green  and reached the top of the  MTV Base  Africa charts.

By George Clifford Owusu ( beatwaves@yahoo.com )

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