Missy BK

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Missy BK
Birth name Constance Bih Kimal
Also known as Missy BK
Born (1986-05-31) May 31, 1986 (age 32)
Bamenda, Cameroon
Occupation(s) Songwriter, singer, philanthropist, TV & Radio personality
Website missybkmusic.com

Missy BK (born Constance Bih Kimal on 31 May 1986) is a Cameroonian singer-songwriter and the founder of I inspire International Canada. [1] She started her career at the age of 16 as a radio personality where she animated short radio programs such as Bed Time Stories for Abakwa FM and Afrique Nouvelle FM. At the age of 17, Missy started to record jingles for the national Radio CRTV Bamenda, Abakwa FM and Afrique Nouvelle FM.

In 2004 at age 18, Missy moved to Germany for further studies and after 5 years she moved to Canada where she launched her music career. Her first Afro single "My baby” released in 2014 topped the charts and was downloaded over 15,000 times for the first 3 days on band camp.[2][3]

Since then Missy has been on the rise. She released her first solo Album in 2016 titled Confessions.[4][5] She also received a certificate of recognition from the US house of representatives in New jersey in 2017 in recognition for the positive change and impact she is creating in her community. The Missy Bk foundation which is now named I inspire international is working with communities to alleviate poverty through educational support, merit-based scholarships, tuition fees, food and learning materials and social activities.[6] Missy is also the first female artist from Cameroon to have signed the Golden book of Montreal, Canada in 2017.[7] And her humanitarian and artistic work was also publishing in the house of Honor in Montreal back in 2017 and Missy also made the list of top 100 black women to watch in Canada in 2017/2018.[8]

Biography[edit]

Missy grew up in Bamenda, Cameroon in a middle-class family. She studied at the University of Yaoundé. During her secondary and university studies, Missy began castings in many Camer music and theater projects. She recorded jingles for radios such as Abakwa Fm, CRTV Radio and Afrique Nouvelle. Missy has opened concerts for multiple music bands and artists such as Davido, Bracket, Meiway, Nkotti Francoise and more. Her song Mama I Love You from album Women for Women also featured other female artists such as Flora, Lady B, Danielle Eog, Meduza, Rosen and Mafe. The album was produced by KVN Productions and released on 8 March 2013 on International Women's Day.[9][10]

Career[edit]

Missy started her career at the age of 16 as a radio personality. She animated short radio programs such as Bed Time Stories for Abakwa FM and Afrique Nouvelle FM. At the age of 17, Missy started to record jingles for CRTV Bamenda, Abakwa FM and Afrique Nouvelle FM. That same year Missy joined a girl band named The Cherubic Queens as the lead singer.[11]

Missy released her first single Set Me Free as a solo artist in 2012 and My Baby featuring Annie Anzouer in 2014. For her single Set Me Free Missy won the award for Best Female Artist at HNSS Excellence award in Canada, Montreal. Missy has appeared on cover of the magazines such as Le Montréal Africaine, 100% jeune, La Tribune St Laurent and also got interviewed on BBC's African music show C’est le Moment.[12][13]

Philanthropy[edit]

In 2014, Missy founded Missy BK Foundation to help young Cameroon children.[14] The foundation partners with local communities, orphanages and educators in Cameroon to identify financially challenged children who are eager to learn and help them. This foundation provides educational support to these children through merit-based scholarships, tuition fees, food and learning materials.

Missy BK’s mother is an important inspiration for her philanthropy. According to Missy, “My mother taught me, I don’t have to wait until I have millions to start helping people, she told me it’s not how much I give but it’s the love that I put into what I give that matters and a little something given to someone could make a big difference in their lives.”[15]

The foundation serves Cameroonian children through education sponsorship, supplies for schools and Make-A-Wish program.[16]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Result
2013 HNSS Excellence Award Canada Best Female Artist of the Year Won[17]
Cameroon Academy Awards Best Female Act Nominated[18]
Best video Nominated[18]
African Entertainment Awards Canada Best Female Artist of the Year Nominated[19]
2015 Next Generation Awards USA Best Female Artist Nominated
Best Video Nominated
Humanitarian act Nominated
Cameroon Career women’s Award UK Best Female Act Nominated
Humanitarian Act Won

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • Set Me Free, 2012
  • Mama I love you, 2013
  • My Baby, 2014
  • My Baby (remix) feat Annie Anzouer, 2014
  • Ndolo feat iSH, 2015

Albums[edit]

  • Women for Women (femmes-exceptionnelles), 2013

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Singer – Missy BK". Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Montreal. Discovering Missy BK, African Afro-Pop Flower (Video)". Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Award Winning Female African Singer Releases New Music Single". Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Missy BK releases High art, mind blowing debut Album-Confessions". Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Albums et singles de Missy Bk". Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  6. ^ "GIVING BACK: THE MISSY BK FOUNDATION LAUNCHES IN CAMEROON WITH THE GIFT OF EDUCATION TO FIVE ORPHANS". Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  7. ^ "Missy BK Signs The Golden Book Of Montreal". Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  8. ^ "MISSY BK CHOSEN AS CANADAS TOP 100 BLACK WOMEN TO WATCH 2017". Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  9. ^ "Mama I Love You by Constance BK (Prod by Swurvz)". Veeby Artist. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  10. ^ William T. (4 March 2013). "Exceptional women to celebrate women". Atelier Des Medias. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  11. ^ "OUR STORY". Missy BK. Archived from the original on 10 March 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  12. ^ Takang Bate, Larry (5 February 2014). "Canada: Award Winning Female African Singer Releases New Music Single". African Celebrities. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  13. ^ "Constance BK: A pop artist, unlished worldwide; Cameroon born Canadian". Empower Success in Africa. 7 December 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  14. ^ Kanjo, Ernest (20 December 2014). "Missy BK goes philanthropic, creates foundation". Tip Top Stars. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  15. ^ "Giving back: The Missy BK Foundation launches in Cameroon with the gift of education to five orphans". I Rep Camer. 21 December 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  16. ^ "Missy BK Foundation". Missy BK Foundation. Archived from the original on 25 December 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  17. ^ "Plusieurs prix remis au Gala Interculturel d'Excellence Horizons Nord-Sud". Touki Montreal. 10 October 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  18. ^ a b "Intercultural Excellence Award 2013 winners". Horizon Interculturales. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  19. ^ "OFFICIAL NOMINEES LIST FOR THE 2013 AFRICAN ENTERTAINMENT AWARDS #AEA". missgo2girl. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2015.