Chinweike “KCee” Okonkwo is an artiste with 9 lives whose music has refused to die! He had one shot at fame when he and his partner, Presh entered into the first edition of Star Quest alongside Mr Raw and Klint the Drunk, Gospel singer Samsung amongst others. KC-Presh, the group where he belonged to at the time won the 2002 Star Quest competition and got signed on to Kennis Music on a 4-year contract.
They took the opportunity and released some of the best classics Nigeria knew at the time including “Ose Baba” and Sio Nkpo.”
Kingsley schooled at Tolu Primary School, Ajegunle then went on to Central High School, Isolo before proceeding to Nnamdi Asikwe University, Nsukka. KCee’s father was a DJ and he also sells CD’s, KCee assist his father with his music business back in the days, He listens to music a lot, this was what helped him build his music knowledge. Prior to making it big in the music industry, he played for Julius Berger and Puma in Ajegunle.
With the emergence of the era of international recognition for Nigerian music, KC-Presh’s buzz dwindled as they put out hit but none was able to get to the top of the chart. New crop of artistes came out and dominated the market and KC-Presh lost the recognition and rave they once enjoyed.
In the early parts of 2012, KC-Presh broke up and KCee started releasing solo singles. This was after he got signed on to Five Star Music. At first critics did not pay much attention to his releases till “Opkekete” was released and he started receiving rave reviews for the exceptional work. He hit back with “Give it to Me” which featured Flavour and KCee got back on the radar of fans and critics alike.
“Limpopo” infiltrated the airwaves in 2013 and became the biggest song alongside Iyanya’s “Kukere” and Sean Tizzle’s “Sho Lee.” KCee has definitely found his way back to become relevant in the industry, also taking home an endorsement deal from telecommunication giant MTN and to crown his second round at victory, he recently purchased a brand new 2013 Range Rover and BMW X6.
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Talking about why he remains relevant after a decade, KCee said, “I think it’s better to carve out your own style, look yourself in the mirror and be sure of what you’re wearing. I think when you look at yourself in the mirror you tell yourself the truth and if you see that you’re not getting it right, adjust it gradually until you realize that you have your own style.”
You can catch KCee at Likwid Lounge, Ikeja this Friday 9th of August 2013 at the Johnnie Walker Flavor Night alongside other artistes and celebrities.
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