UPCLOSE WITH BIGGIEMAN
Was cold, an evening on Sunday, September 30, 1984 with Mrs. Victoria Sarpong and Mr. Jonas C. Sarpong. Fast forwarded and we are in 2012 where Biggieman releases allo” and tops it up with Love yuh, just to prove he is in to stay…
Hailing from Kwahu, Biggieman started making ”noise” in 2001 when he was in Accra Academy. Singing since he was 14, the 21-year old Accra-based got his weight up by joining forces with another underground rag-life artiste by name Reginald (his school mate at Accra Academy)who heard him singing whilst bathing in school and thus served as a backing vocal to him as he sang.
Biggieman, born in real life as Sarpong Appiah Kwasi to Mr. Jonas C. Sarpong, an artist and Sculptor (Mobil Award/ Best Bronze caster) based in New Jersey, U.S.A. and Mrs. Victoria Sarpong, Entrepreneur. He attended New Heaven International Preparatory School and then proceeded to Accra Academy in 2001. ”I believe in sharing my talent with others”.
After their sterling performance at St. Mary’s Secondary School (Merries) where they thrilled an audience of about 500 with their ”Mente” track, their dream of making it began. Along with his buddy Reginald, the pair handpicked another guy by name Patrick Obeng Sarpong also known as ‘Disastrous’ and founded a group called Tragedy, which grew to include Daniel Agbenu, ‘Dynasty’ (another talent).
With lots of fans showering them with much deserved praises, Tragedy found themselves in the studios of Big F to record tracks like ”HIV/ AIDS” and ”Mamuna” which stole the hearts of many when they performed them during X Mas Fiesta 2002 and 2003 and Miss S.S.S 2002 and 2003, in Aburi Girls Secondary School during their GUNSA programme and at a shooting of Things We Do For Love (a popular program that was aired on TV) and a week episode on Accra Academy campus
”We were like listening to them singing. We were amazed at the way they were dancing to their songs.” Due to some circumstances, (distance education being one of them) the ace S.S.S famous group fell apart.
Biggieman, now a solo artiste (was first known as Biggie Clef when he was in the group Tragedy) is set to cause a stir in the music industry with his upcoming album titled ”GoodMusic” which highlights different genere of tunes, real versatility indeed, Reggae, Lovers Rock, Dancehall, highlife, pop and zouk music. The highlife focuses on a boy who tells the story of his girl leaving him and as such trying to plead with anyone who knows the whereabouts of Adwoa to tell her to come back for he has missed her. Other songs like allo” which is a banger, Love yuh, also for the ladies, Ware me, a Reggae tune on Heart and soul lovers riddim, Amazing mama, How can I survive, Ma baby, Freaky choir(Baby) and more…
Get a feel of it and you will know what I am talking about. Most remarkable tune, FingaRin, a dancehall track which highlights on getting fan fingers in the air, which is something else featuring his brother, DeMayor, on Sidewalk University riddim.
”My dream is to release over 500 songs before I die with the help of God. My music is to get people to think deeply and I want to use my music as a medium to educate the general public”.
Inspired by foreign artistes like Beenie Man, Sean Paul, Buju Banton and local sensations such as Esther Smith and Kojo Antwi, the Kwahu Mpraeso native dreamt of entering into the tertiary institution precisely Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to further his Visual Arts Course. Truely he has graduated and has re-joined the music industry and now to make the game look challenging with his versatility in question..