Tic Tac (musician)
Tic Tac began his music career while a secondary school student in Accra. He first began performing in 1997 with a group called 'Natty Strangers' along with his best friend Bessem Bikhazi (famously known as Cold Sweat. After becoming the most eagerly awaited group in Ghana, winning awards at events such as Kidafest, Fun World, Source etc., Tic Tac later went on to release an self-produced album after Bessem migrated to the UK to train as a Commercial Pilot. During his early career, Tic Tac modeled his style after his idol Busta Rhymes. Bessem Bikhazi, now a fully qualified pilot is currently managing Tic Tac.
Tic Tac reached a wider audience when he was featured on Azigiza's song "Woye Bia", which was a hit in Ghana. Collaborations with Slim Busterr and Daasebre Gyamenah followed. In 1999 Tic Tac released his debut solo album, Philomena, which spawned several hits.
"Menka Bio (Shordy)", 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. The launch of his fourth album, Wope, was one of the largest ever in Ghana. Wope was groundbreaking for the hiplife genre in that it featured several major international stars, including Freddy Meiway from Côte d'Ivoire on the title track and Tony Tetuila of Nigeria on "Fefe n'efe", which sampled Fela Kuti. His fifth album, Accra Connection, featured collaborations with Sway DaSafo, Rhian Benson, D'Banj, and JJC.
Awards and recognition
Tic Tac is currently involved in a campaign with the United Nations in Sierra Leone and Ghana alongside Ramsey Nouah and Ozwald Boateng, as part of the WFP raising funds for children.
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