Award winning dancehall artiste, Kaakie, is very confident in her status as the queen of dancehall music; so much so that she says in spite of new artistes springing up, she doesnâ€™t feel any pressure to do anything differently from whatâ€™s sheâ€™s been doing.
Since she burst onto the scene about six years ago, Kaakie has delivered hit after hit including Too Much, Toffee Pon Tongue, DC Turn Up and Kumcha, cementing her status as a force to reckon with in dancehall.
She has not been as consistent as before taking a break to focus on her education, and only released two new singles, Give It To Me and Million Dollar Baby last year, which did not make as much impact as expected.
Her absence has seen a lot of new faces breaking into the dancehall genre but Kaakie tells Showbiz in an interview that she is not under pressure to prove herself.
â€œDancehall is my style; itâ€™s easy and cool for me. I donâ€™t feel under any pressure or competition. I donâ€™t need to do anything to maintain my followers because Iâ€™m always and have always been myself, and yet I have all these followers,â€™â€™ she said.
Kaakie also weighed in on the rise of dancehall music and why more people are venturing into the genre now.
â€œMore people now want to do dancehall because they think it is the easiest way to make money. Itâ€™s no news that there are more male artistes than female ones.
â€œI, on my part, naturally do my best in everything I do or I donâ€™t do it at all. So though the genre is easy for me, I give it my best,â€ she said.
Now a service personnel at the VRA Akosombo Hospital as a registered general nurse, Kaakie, who also holds a BSc Midwifery degree from the University of Ghana, Legon says it is not easy combining both her nursing and music careers.
â€œI donâ€™t even know how I do it myself. I just take it a step at a time I guess. Itâ€™s not easy though, but itâ€™s worth it,â€™â€™ she concluded.
Real name Grace Kaakie Awo Ocansey, Kaakie has won a number of awards including Best New Artiste at Ghana Music Awards 2013, Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year at Ghana Music Awards 2013 and Best Female Vocalist at the BASS Awards 2013.