Nana Kwaku Okyere Duah aka Tic Tac is originally from Kwamo a suburb of the Ashanti Region. The story began in 1997, when he and another boy formed a group named ‘Natty Strangers’.
Young as they were they became the toast of many shows. Tic stood out from the rest of the group, his voice described by most as similar to Busta Rhymes.
Tic went on to feature on Azigiza’s ‘Woye Bia’ which became a big hit in Ghana. He then went to collaborate with Slim Buster’s ‘Masan Aba’ and Dassebre’s ‘Ahofe.
These collaborations helped Tic Tac establish a name for himself in the industry. ‘Philomena’ his debut album hit the streets in June 1999 and saw songs like ‘KKBK’ and ‘MMAA 4MULA’ top the charts in Ghana for several weeks.
The pressure was on after ‘Masom’ to deliver a another hit album, but it wasn’t until the third album ‘Masem’ which means ‘my story’ that gave him another big hit ‘Menkabio’ fondly called (Shoddies) a ladies song which stayed on the charts for no more than 23 consecutive weeks. This gave him 6 nominations at the Ghana Music Awards of that year and won him best collaboration.
After a two-year hiatus which gave him the opportunity to develop his song writing skills and himself lyrically, Tic Tac released his fourth album ‘Wope’ an album dedicated to Africans within and in the Diaspora. He became the first hip life artist to collaborate with anyone outside of Ghana with Freddie Meiway of Ivory Coast ‘Wope’ and Nigerian star Tony Tetuila on the explosive ‘Fefe Na Efe’, which received several awards around the world.
Over his 9-year career he has managed to win no less than 11 Ghana Music Awards, performed at the Notting Hill Carnival in London, also alongside artists such as 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Kanda Bongoman, Judy Boucher, Mark Morrison, Buju Banton, and Joe.
Tic Tac continues to break new grounds, 2004 saw him pick up the coveted Musician of the Year Award at the Ghana Music Awards and became the 1st ever hip life artist to become the face of Kasa a popular phone card in the UK to call Africa.