Ya Kid K
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|Ya Kid K.|
|Birth name||Manuela Barbara Kamosi Moaso Djogi|
26 January 1973 |
Ya Kid K. (born Manuela Barbara Kamosi Moaso Djogi, 26 January 1973, Kinshasa, Zaire) is a Congolese-Belgian hip hop artist. Ya Kid K, besides being a solo artist, is also known for her works for the dance/house act Technotronic. Her sister, Karoline 'Leki' Kamosi, is an R&B singer.
At the age of 11 she moved to Belgium, later moving to cities in the U.S. such as Chicago, Illinois – where she explored the emerging sounds of hip hop and early house – and Dallas, Texas. After moving back to Belgium from the U.S., she helped form a hip hop label, Fresh Beat Productions. She was part of the dance project Technotronic, which debuted with a major worldwide hit in 1989, "Pump Up The Jam", although her contribution was initially uncredited (except for her name being printed on the disc).
Although she wrote the lyrics and sang vocals on "Pump Up The Jam", Technotronic had the blue-lipped fashion model Felly perform in the video. The second single "Get Up (Before the Night is Over)" was her debut public appearance with Technotronic. She additionally lent her voice to Hi Tek 3, a dance project whose only single, "Spin that Wheel," appeared on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles motion picture soundtrack.
After the single "Rockin’ Over The Beat", she married MC Eric who also performed a Technotronic hit titled "This Beat is Technotronic" and had a child. While Jo Bogaert hired new singers for Technotronic's third album, Body to Body, Ya Kid K. returned after moderate success of her own album, One World Nation. This album contained many different musical and, in particular, vocal styles.
In 1995, Technotronic re-emerged in the U.S. with Ya Kid K. as its front singer, again with moderate success of the album Recall. On the track "Are You Ready," she teamed up with Daisy Dee, who already did a cover version of "This Beat is…" with M.C. B. In 1996 a Ya Kid K single titled "Rock My World" was released. She appeared in June 2000 on Technotronic's single "The Mariachi." In 2002, she released Take a Trip on Semini Records.
In October 2005, Ya Kid K made a guest appearance on Public Warning the debut album of female MC Lady Sovereign. Ya Kid K appears on the track "Those Were the Days" and can be clearly heard growling at the opening of the song.
In 2011, she returned with the song "DO UC ME Standing", and on Baronic Arts, "Comes Love".
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