The Ghanaian music industry has always seen the male dominate over the female artistes due to androcentrism in showbiz. From
But a few years ago, there was a sudden glaring change of the norm. And that change was caused by doughty and sassy Dancehall songstress, Grace Kaki Awo Ocansey, who is known in the showbiz circles as Kaakie.
Kaakie emerged in 2012 with a game changer track titled “Toffee Pon Tongue” under Xtra Large Music record label. To prove her impregnability in especially the Dancehall fraternity, she dropped another hit titled “Zuuchia” in the same year.
In addition, she received two major nominations at the 14th Vodafone Ghana Music Awards and convincingly bagged the two. She beat Lousika, Cynthia Mccauley and Natural Face to win the “New Artiste of the Year” award and beat Bandana (now Shatta Wale), Blakk Rasta, Eazzy, Knii Lante, and Samini to grab the “Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year” award.
On that very VGMA night, Shatta Wale felt cheated and threatened in the Dancehall fraternity so he caused a commotion and later released diss songs directed at the awards organisers and Kaakie.
Shatta Wale released several songs to diss her in order to prove that he deserved the Dancehall crown but completely lost the fight until Kaakie took a break to study BSC in Nursing – Midwifery at the University of Ghana.
In her absence was the emergence of MzVee and AK Songstress who took charge. MzVee made her intention about the “Dancehall Queen” crown clear as she declared herself on several platforms. In 2014, she released "Dancehall Queen" featuring Shatta Wale to declare herself the Queen of Ghana Dancehall in the absence of Kaakie. She excelled and became the first Ghanaian songstress to grab a BET Awards nomination.
AK Songstress, on the other hand, was beefing MzVee and continuously tries to claim she is the best forgetting that there was someone who wore the crown before MzVee.
Kaakie returned after completing her schooling. On her return, she drew a precarious strategy that turned out to be a great luck. Her strategy was precarious because if it had backfired, it could bury her career. Then what strategy are we talking about?
On her returned, she served a ‘huge beef’ that saw her competitors scramble over it and to their disadvantage.
In her first comeback song titled “Sankwas” featuring Guru, she was smart to throw subliminal shots. But music analysts decoded the lyrics and pointed fingers at AK Songstress and MzVee as the targets.
MzVee quickly fired back with “Make I Shine” featuring E.L but unfortunately for her, Kaakie had extra punches for her. Kaakie fired back with a more damaging track titled “Time Up”. In fact, E.L, who was only featured on “Make I Shine” also had his share of the diss. In Kaakie’s “Time Up”, she described MzVee as "skinny", "childish" and a "gossip", adding that she can't shine with a "tin lamp" (as portrayed on MzVee's "Make I Shine" cover artwork). She fired shots at E.L and described him as "Mummy's boy" – which many believed was the best punchline for the rapper. She also warned AK Songstress not to venture because she is no match for her.
In response, AK dropped “Naked Truth”. To make matters worse, she labelled the song “Kaakie Diss” and boasted on Facebook to get extra reach. To me, the song wasn’t up to the standard of dissing in Dancehall plus, her act of boasting makes it too obvious that she’s desperate or sort of a last-ditch move to make her presence in the beef felt. She's good but she seems to be fighting too hard to be counted among the current.
AK added another diss track called “Come Out” and still labelled it “Kaakie Diss Part 2”. That was just off the hook and gave Kaakie upper hands over her and MzVee.
To seal her comeback and reclaim of her crown, Kaakie dropped another impressive jam titled “Arostor” featuring Yaa Pono. The song was more of a victory song.
Since Kaakie returned, she has proved to Ghanaians that she is the Queen that will always be no matter the circumstances. She defended her diss on any platform and was fearless enough to defend herself and mention her targets. What’s braver than that? She’s been the Kaakie we knew five years ago, and her strategic, yet controversial comeback restored her in the female Dancehall throne.
Kaakie returned majestically like a suzerain and unflinchingly wore the crown with no sweat.