Stephen Sackitey Okletey popularly known as “BiQo” is a Ghanaian Afro Soul musician who is making a mark in the local Ghanaian music scene hosting intimate sessions at art galleries and other creative spaces.
BiQo derives his inspiration to write from his life experiences and the society that he lives in, which has brought about an authentic “Africaness” to his music. The rising star looks up to the likes of Kojo Antwi, M3nsa, Richard Bona, Yakoto, Adenkunle Gold and our very own Zahara.
“Music to me means love, it gives me the chance to share myself with other beautiful people through my songs anytime I am on stage . It also serves as my source of joy and hope for better days. Music is my solace, I pick up my guitar anytime I feel overwhelmed by life,” shares BiQo.
His journey in the industry officially started at the beginning of 2010, where he decided to take his music career seriously and got contacts of different Ghanaians whom were actively involved in the music and entertainment industry then. He mentions the likes of Brownberry, Anita Erskine, Nikki Samonas, and Peewezel just to highlight a few. Today, he believes that due to his consistency then, he has been able to connect with the right people and build a strong network in the industry.
BiQo states that his all time favourite performance was at an intimate art show where he got to connect with the audience and engage in conversation.
His fashion style lies in between old school and new school with a blend of traditional and an urban touch. He also likes Malian mud fabric called Bogolani and Aztec prints. He states that he likes adding a few accessories to his style too.
Another thing that inspired his passion for music is his memories of his dad palying music from a sound system they had when he was growingup . His dad used to play music the whole weekend and he would sing along to songs of the famous Fela Kuti, Manu Dibango, Akon, Shaggy, Tracy Chapman and so much more. These musicians contributed to his musical preferences to date.
BiQo currently has two EPs, the first one was released in 2014 called “THE DEFT EP” and the most recent one is called “AS WE BLOSSOM AND WITHER”. He also states that he has quite a number of singles between the two projects.
“The future of African music is endless. I’m looking forward to creating crisp authentic sounds and stories, as to where it will take me, I know it will be endless to the world and beyond,” – BiQo
|DID YOU KNOW?
· Biqo is 6’4
· He is named after the late South African activist, Steven Bantu Biko
· He holds a degree in Banking and Finance
· He plays basketball in his spare time
· He is a Manchester United fan
Connect with BiQo on all social media platforms: @BiqoMusic