Bakilla is a Dancehall, Reggae and Afropop artist. His music is influenced by artists such as Bob Marley, Timaya, Stephen Marley, Busy Signal, Sizzla, amongst others.
Bakilla, (1983), was born in Chegu, in the rural north of Ghana as a farmer’s son. His father dad of 22 kids out of earlier marriages wanted him to walk in his footsteps and become a farmer. His mother, a trader from the city [Tamale], mom of 5 children, set out a more educational path for Bakilla.
She felt that there was more laid out in front of him, The arguing between the couple about the raising of Bakillawill be the start of a sad struggle for life. His parents divorced, his younger sister Amina passes away at the age of four and Bakilla and his mother leave the countryside.
At the age of seven, he travels with his mother to Tamale where they settled down. He started schooling which he wasn’t previledged to complete his education as his mother can’t afford his education any longer. Fortunately, Bakilla is a terrific football player and with support from the school staff, he can stay. But still Bakilla needs financial school support to buy schooling material and Bakilla’s mother is not often home due to her job missions as a trader. From then on, Bakilla is raised by his grandmother, where there is hardly anything to eat and accommodation is lacking.
At that very moment, it is more than clear for Bakilla that his only way out is to take care of himself. To survive he starts washing clothes, polishing shoes and carrying water for a living. Most of the time he spends at the house of friends and the life conditions are though. In his spare time he listens to various music styles like hip hop, and afropop and starts making music himself. Though his struggle to survive stays top priority number one. The rapping lyrics he scribbles in his notebook at night are never shown to others.
From early in his childhood Bakilla is inspired by traditional music and he exhibits a natural talent for singing. Thus it came that one day he and his friends gathered to start a traditional dancing group, trying to make a living out of it. Participating at a dancing competition in Culture Center of Tamale, he is invited to become a regular dancer in the Tamale culture center dancing group. It is here that Bakilla meets visitors from abroad and starts his career as a tourist guide. Not long after he meets a Belgian girl, volunteering in Tamale. Bakillafalls in love and six months later when her job contract comes to an end, Bakilla decides to leave the country to settle down with her in Belgium.
Changing cultures and homeland is a challenge and Bakilla is aware he has to deal with that. He misses his family a lot and his relationship doesn’t work out as they both wished for. Bakilla is willing to quit but his mother advises him to stay in Belgium and deal with the hard times. The life struggle in Europe forces him to start writing lyrics again. It is Bakilla’sway to deal with his daily problems and to express his feelings. It helps him coping with life far away from his family.
Bakilla continues searching for happiness and at least one of his dreams comes true. He becomes the proud father of a beautiful daughter, Mandeiya.
He starts dancing latin and he meets a woman on the dance floor who becomes his partener. She encourages him to carry on in music. She brings his passion to a higher level by introducing him to interesting people and helps him building a network.
Little by little Bakilla is convinced that music is the path to follow. He starts visiting music studios and contacts his fellow friends in music.
One day, during a park walk, he is stopped by a Belgium television crew (channel EEN). They need one more man on stage to hand out drinks to the Flemish celebrity Bart Peetersand his band members during their performance on television. But when it turns out that Bakilla is a singer too, Bart Peetersinvites him on stage to perform together. Bakilla feels he can do it. He conquers his shyness and gains confidence again. It’s the beginning of a vast musical career.
On November 1 their first afropop clip was launched.