Keko (rapper)

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Keko
Birth name Jocelyne Tracey Keko
Born (1987-06-03) 3 June 1987 (age 27)
Tororo, Uganda
Genres Hip hop
Occupation(s) Rapper/Musician
Years active 2010–present
Labels Sony Music Entertainment

Keko (born Jocelyne Tracey Keko) is a Ugandan rapper who has taken over the music scene in Africa during 2011.[1] Her rise to fame began in 2010 with the release of 'fallen heroes' which she appeared alongside other established Ugandan artists like Don MC,SP,DAVIS and also the mwanba children choir.[2] After spitting arguably the best verse on the track Keko began to turn heads with her lyrics, delivery and presence on tracks. Her break through single 'How we do it'[3] took the Ugandan charts and MTV Africa by storm making her an instant household name in East Africa. The success of the track has even led to an endorsement deal with Pepsi and saw her lead Mountain Dew's advertising campaign in E. Africa.

Musical career[edit]

Keko was born to Japadhola parents from Tororo, the self-proclaimed queen of rap has collaborated with Uganda's elite such as Juliana, Joanita Kawalya and Radio & weasal and Chicago based Kerry Lee. The release of much acclaimed track 'Go Green' with Angela Katatumba further cemented her place as the most talented new artist from Africa because it showed her ability and versatility to tackle important subject matter such as climate awareness.

She has performed at the annual Selam Festival in Ethiopia alongside hand picked international artists from around the world and is well known for bringing the house down. Her buzz and success in a short period of time also led to an invitation to join the cream of the crop of African artists to perform at the Big Brother Africa 6 Amplified show in South Africa, which she was described by the host's as the stand out performer.[4]

Her follow-up to 'How we do it' entitled 'Alwoo (cry for help)[5] caused massive waves because it addressed issues of domestic violence, struggle, success and triumph which are common talking points all over Africa. Throughout all of Africa the Ugandan native has been a revelation to hip hop with her lyrical prowess, attitude and consistency on tracks, so much so every media publication has dubbed her 'the next big thing' and sky is the limit for the rising star that is Keko. She is currently in the studio finishing her debut album, which is due for release later in 2011.

Award Nominations[edit]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • 2011: TBC

Singles[edit]

  • ''Naughty''(2013)
  • ''Jodie''(2012)
  • ''In The Streets''(2012)
  • ''Make You Dance''(2012): ft. Madtraxx
  • "Akello" (2011)
  • "Black" (2011)
  • "Hey Hey" (2011)
  • "How We Do It" (2011)
  • "Alwoo (Cry For Help)" (2011)
  • "In The Air" (2011): Angella Katatumba ft. Keko
  • "Shades" (2011): Play ft. Keko
  • "Go Green" (2011): Angella Katatumba ft. Keko
  • "Hustlers Night" (2010): Enygma ft. Keko, Navio & The Mith
  • "Fallen Heroes" (2010): Don MC ft. Keko, Davis, SP Omugunjule & Mwamba Children's
  • "Kwekunya (remix)" (2010): Vampino ft. Keko,Cindy & Juliana

References[edit]

Going a round

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