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Prinze Kay is living proof that talent and will power are great tools to achieve success. Born in a village in the /brong/ahafo Region of Ghana, he supported himself through secondary school by becoming a teenage farmer, working as a car driver’s mate and in various construction jobs.
The roots of his musical career were sown at the age of twelve, when he joined his brother, an accomplished drummer, in his rehearsals on the church drums which were kept in their house. He later joined his mother to sing as a Tenor in the church choir. During weekends he and his brothers organized shows from their house which were attended by people from all over the city, and for which they were paid in maize, yam, plantain and other foods.
Moving to Accra influenced his musical preferences towards rap, at first performing the work of other artists, but eventually starting to write his own rap songs.
While moving around different recording studios working on his demo rap songs, he developed an interest in sound engineering, and started working in a studio where he learnt the finer points of the job.. It was while working there, that he also learnt to play the keyboard and drums, and worked as backing vocalist for other musicians. Even while working for various recording studios in Accra, and writing his own rap and highlife songs, Prinze Kay kept faithful to his old love for singing in churches.
Then things started to move fast. A local musician listened to My Honey, one of the songs he had recorded, and was so impressed with the young boy’s talent that he used his connections to introduce him to KK Fosu, a well known Ghanaian musician, who invited him to back him on stage performances. It was KK who eventually advised him to concentrate fully on highlife music.
In 2011 Prinze Kay recorded his first highlife album titled M’awani Ngye, featuring a number of well known Ghanaian artists. His capacity as a sound engineer made it possible to program and record all tracks by himself.
Other than being a musician and a sound engineer who has worked with many of Ghana’succesfull artists, Prince Kay is now a producer with his own studio.