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Reggie Rockstone

Reggie Rockstone

Reggie Rockstone (Reginald Yaw Asante Osei, "the Godfather of Hiplife") is a Ghanaian rapper. He was born in the United Kingdom but lived his early years in Kumasi and Accra. He has been living in Ghana continuously since he pioneered the Hip-Life movement in 1994.

1964

Born
11 April 1964

Born

Reggie Rockstone was born on April 11, 1964, in the United Kingdom to a Ghanaian father and a Scottish mother.

1980

Early life and music career
26 June 1980

Early life and music career

Reggie Rockstone, originally Reginald Osei, began his involvement in the Hip Hop movement as a dancer in the early 80s, expanding his Hip Hop horizons through travel between Accra, New York, and London. Transitioning into rapping in 1991, his first taste of fame came as a dancer in Accra, followed by a significant opportunity with the rap group PLZ in London in 1992-93, leading him to return to Accra in 1994, where he encountered a new generation embracing African-American rhythms and the elements of Hip Hop he knew.

1997

Recognition and music style
26 June 1997

Recognition and music style

Reggie Rockstone skillfully incorporated hip hop beats and authentic African dialect, particularly the Akan language of Twi, to create popular tracks like "Sweetie, Sweetie," "Tsoo Boi," "Nightlife in Accra," and "Agoo" on his debut album "Makaa! Maka!" released in 1997. As the pioneer of hiplife or "Kasahara music" in Ghana, he has gained international acclaim and performed across continents including West Africa, the UK, France, USA, and Switzerland, while also declaring retirement and subsequent comebacks throughout his career.

2009

Globacom brand ambassador
26 June 2009

Globacom brand ambassador

In 2009, Reggie Rockstone was among the 17 public figures selected by Globacom to endorse their brand as part of their expansion into Ghana. However, there were rumors of him being dropped as an ambassador, which he refuted, denying the reports.

2013

Rockstone condoms
26 June 2013

Rockstone condoms

In August 2013, Reggie Rockstone launched his own brand of condoms called Rockstone Condoms in Ghana. By introducing this product to the market, he aimed to contribute to the efforts against HIV/AIDS and promote the goal of zero infection or prevalence.

2013

Appointments to be on judges panels
26 June 2013

Appointments to be on judges panels

In 2013, Reggie Rockstone was chosen as a judge for the inaugural season of the Glo X Factor Africa, joining fellow judges Onyeka Onwenu and M.I. He also served as a judge for the fifth edition of the Malta Guinness Street Dance competition in 2012.

2023

Rockz Waakye
26 June 2023

Rockz Waakye

Reggie Rockstone owns a food distribution business that specializes in packaging and delivering the popular Ghanaian dish waakye to hotels. The unique aspect of his business is that the food is packaged in glass jars.

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