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    ARTISTE BIOGRAPHY: Kasiebo [Dancehall Artiste]

    ARTISTE BIOGRAPHY: Kasiebo  [Dancehall Artiste]

    Ghanaian musician, born 1992.

    Background information

    Birth name Asare Emmanuel Lartey

    Born November 18, 1992 (age 25)

    Origin AkuapemAseseeso, Eastern Region, Ghana

    Other names SpeechNation Prince

    Genres Dancehall hip life hip hop

    high life r&b

    Occupation(s) Rapper singer song writer

    Performer instrumentalist

    Years active 2009 – present

    Label JagonzyIconz Production

    Asare Emmanuel Lartey (born November 18, 1992), known professionally as Kasiebo as well

    as SpeechNation Prince, is a Ghanaian dancehall artiste and rapper from Akuapem Aseseeso

    who was born and raised in Koforidua in the Eastern Region of Ghana. He recorded his first

    mixtape Gyptian Hold Yuhat Pgee studios in 2009. Kasiebo signed with Jgonzy Iconz Production

    in 2015. Having released songs to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud, LoudSound.com,

    Ghanamusic.com and mapaddy.com, he is set to release his debut studio album soon.

    Life and Career

    1992 –2013:

    Early life and career beginnings

    Asare Emmanuel Lartey was born on November 18, 1992 in Koforidua, the capital town of the

    Eastern Region of Ghana to Edmund Darko Asare (Shadow), who passed on in February 2003

    and Sarah Asare, a teacher, singer and seamstress in Koforidua.Emmanuel is a Christian and the

    last of five children born to his parents. His older siblings are Godwin Asare (a teacher, poet and

    dramatist), Philomina Nyarkoa Asare (a teacher and decorator), Reverend Ernest Perbi-Asare (a

    District Pastor with the Church of Pentecost Ghana) and Mavis Ayebea Asare (a nurse). Kasiebo

    comes from a family of artists and artistes. His maternal grandfather was a composer and a

    singer though not professionally. His mother and her siblings formed the group Apostolic

    Melodies which gave startling performances in the Apostolic Church Ghana back in the days.

    His uncle, Dr. Emmanuel Antwi, a lecturer at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and

    Technology is an artist and a singer while his older cousin, Apostle Immanuel Baffour Adjei, a

    major character in the popular Ghanaian TV drama series Abibais an artist, singer and actor who

    has starred in many movies. Again, the Ghanaian Gospel Musician Rev. Nana Perbiis another

    older cousin of his.

    Kasiebo had his elementary education at the Riis Presby School after which he continued at the

    New Juaben Commercial Senior High School and graduated from the Koforidua Polytechnic,

    now Koforidua Technical University, all in Koforidua. Kasiebo is often heard in his songs

    referencing Koforidua to pay homage to the city where he was born, raised and had his schooling

    up to the tertiary level.He maintains that he had loved music from childhood. He joined the Spirit

    of One choir which was led by one Bro. James Saah at The Apostolic Church Koforidua, Central

    Assembly. Later, he joined the Glorious Mass Choir of the Church of Pentecost Koforidua,

    Asokore Assembly. In his words, he states, “I started my own songs in 2008 and recorded my

    first mixtape, Gyptian Hold Yuh in 2009 at Pgee studios.”In 2010, when Kasiebo was in the

    senior high school, he and two of his close friends, Astonish and Franco formed a group called

    3geez and recorded tracks which made waves in their school and other neighboring schools to

    establish them as known performers in Koforidua. Their main genres during this period were hip

    hop, hip life, high life and r&b which were mostly done in English and the local Twi dialect.

    Later, with the help of Ameyaw Gordon who was their senior and their English teacher, Mr.

    Frank Owusuaka Phrawus, they shot videos for their tracks with a digital camera and sold a copy

    for GH¢3.00. The videos went viral to further unveil their identity in Koforidua and beyond,

    even as far as the UK. Unfortunately, the group disbanded after the completion of their senior

    high education in 2013.

    2013–2016: Solo projects and record deal

    After senior high school, a popular underground artiste in Koforidua who goes by the mononym

    Mayoka introduced Kasiebo to Wings Armani who had a music studio at Jumapo, a suburb of

    Koforidua where most of the upcoming artistes recorded their songs. This was when Kasiebo

    met artistes like Sean Khare, Koo Ntakra, Racky Nova, Ojay, Qweku Anda etc. Around this

    time, Kasiebo who was mostly known for performances in the local Twi dialect shifted his

    interest to dancehall music. In 2014, he got admission into Koforidua Polytechnic, now

    Koforidua Technical University to pursue Purchasing and Supply as his major course of

    study.Schooling however did not interrupt his ambition to become a musician as he went on to

    record “Aseda in Chains” with his mother who used the name Zion Babea as well as “No Joke”,

    “Bokoo” and “Bad by Far”, all featuring Sean Khare and produced by Wings Armani.

    In 2015, Daniel Odame Junior, host of Stars TV told Kasiebo about a US based production

    owned by a Ghanaian that wanted to manage an artiste in Ghana. Kasiebo sent his songs together

    with that of some other artistes and by the grace of God he was chosen. Some months after,

    Jagonzy Iconz Production (SpeechNation) came to Ghana to sign him, hence the name SpeechNation Prince.

    Kasiebo has been interviewed and had many of his songs enjoy a lot of airplay on Pluzz FM,

    Radio XYZ, Eastern FM, Radio 1, Bryt FM, Latenu FM, Kingdom FM and others. His song

    “Bad by Far”which was released to YouTube has had more than 2k views and 12k views on

    Facebook,“No Joke” has 1.8k views on YouTube and 8k views on Facebook and “Blessings” has

    7k views on Facebook. Kasiebo, the Speech Nation Prince has shared stages with great Ghanaian

    artistes such as Stonebwoy, Shatta Wale, Medical, Gallaxy, Eno, Joey B, Bisa Kdei, Pope Skinny

    and many others.

    2017 and the future

    Under the management of Jagonzy Iconz Production, Kasiebo who is currently doing his national

    service with Bel-Aqua Drinking Water Company in Accra is working very hard towards the

    release of his first studio album. He is working with L.M Beats who is producing his new works

    and Nii Saved who does his mixes.

    When asked about his hopes for his musical future, Kasiebo said, “There are more things

    planned and packed for the future. We are aiming for the VGMAs, BETs, the Grammys and other

    international awards interspersed with international collaborations but surely, wait patiently for

    my first album before the end of 2017. By the grace and mercies of Jehovah Almighty who gave

    me the gift to sing and has brought me this far, my team and I will deliver.”


    Kasiebo has cited 2pac, Jay Z, Beenie Man, Busy Signal, Sean Paul, Obrafour, Lord Kenya,

    Samini, Sarkodie and Stonebwoy as his major influences.
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