Nana Kwaku Okyere Duah aka TicTac began the journey in 1997, when he and another boy formed a group named 'Natty Strangers'.
After solo features with Azigiza's “Woyebia”, 'Slim Buster's “Masan Aba” TicTac established a name for himself in the industry.
'Philomena' his Mega debut album hit the streets in 1999 and saw him become the first rap art to endorse any corporate brand in Ghana (Ashfoam) songs like 'KKBK' and 'MMAA 4MULA' also topped the charts in Ghana for several weeks and saw him perform on all major concerts.
After Philomena, his second “Masom" featuring Ofori Amponsah sold more than a million records which earned him an instant respect and a superstar status in the country. in that same year he signed onto a foreign record label based in the UK (Base Management UK) which took his music meanstream and saw him moving to the UK. The third” album “Masem” meaning my story gave him another big hit “Menkabio” fondly called Shoddies which topped the country’s biggest chat show on Joy FM for 23 consecutive weeks. This gave him 6 nominations at the Ghana Music Awards of that year and won him best collaboration.
After a two-years hiatus, TicTac released his fourth album “Wope”, an album dedicated to Africans at home and those in the Diaspora and became the first hip life artist to collaborate with anyone outside of Ghana with Freddie Meiway of Ivory Coast on the “ Wope” track and Nigerian star Tony Tetuila on the explosive “Fefe Na Efe”, which received several awards in Ghana, Nigeria and around the world.
2004 saw him pick up the coveted Musician of the Year, best video of the year and best collaboration of the year at the Ghana Music Awards and become the face of “Kasa international” a popular international phone card in the UK .
At the GMA awards that took place in April 2005, TicTac had nine nominations, including two nominations in the Best Collaboration category a first for any Ghanaian artist, which he won.
In late 2005 he took part in the MTV Base Africa launch in Ghana earlier this year and events like the Shoreditch festival as part of Africa 05 is the biggest celebration of African culture ever organized in Britain sees him crossing over into the commercial market.
BBC News round Africa came to Ghana to film a documentary on him as part of their African Lives season, which was screened in the UK in July 2005. Another highlight of 2005, he headlined a Black history month show in South-walk, performing alongside Ras Kwame (Radio 1), Richard Blackwood,( Choice FM) Kelly le Roc and Shola Ama.
STV a Swedish National TV also came to Ghana in August 08, to film a special documentary on him due to his unique brand of music and the fact that he has a very large following in Ghana and Africa
He is involved in an ongoing campaign with the United Nations in Sierra Leone and Ghana alongside Ramsey Noah and Oswald Boateng, as part of the WFP raising funds to help reduce hunger in Africa.
TicTac performed at the 2006 RISE Festival 80,000 people gathered to part-take of the annual celebration. He was the headline Act of the African Village stage. RISE has been the prominent multi cultural concert of the mayor of London Also in attendance from Ghana were then Tourism Minister Mr. Jake Obetsebi Lamptey and the late Madam Hawa Yakubu.
Puma Africa released a compilation album featuring the biggest artists in the world, In aid of the 2006 Fifa World cup the album will feature artists such as TicTac, Akon, John legend, Baaba Maal and The Roots.
In August 2006 MTV Base, Akon and Gil Green visited Ghana, to embark on a project to film a video for Akon and one for Ghanaian artists. TicTac was chosen.
TicTac was the 1st Artist in Africa to benefit from this initiative, and also the 1st African artist to have a MTV “Making of the Video” .The video crew included director Gil Green (director of videos for Brandy, Lil' Jon, Akon, 50 Cent Busta Rhymes). The video for his single “Kangaroo” is shown worldwide on the MTV Network in conjunction with celebrations for Ghana @ 50. May 2007 saw TicTac become #1 on the MTV BASE chart!! for a consecutive 4 weeks. September 2007 saw TicTac at the Big Brother Africa eviction show in South Africa to an audience of over 50 million viewers across Africa. He ended 2007 @ #9 on MTV BASE's top 100 of the year.
During CAN 2008 football tournament, TicTac's song Kangaroo was given a boost with the Ghana national team The Black Stars, using it as a celebratory dance other teams soon followed, in what became a national frenzy.
TicTac spent most of 2008, touring the US and most of UK recording and preparing for his new album, there were major
Performances at the Soundcity Music Awards alongside Nas in Nigeria and Not in Your Lifetime concert South Africa in aid of xenophobic attacks.
Over his 9-year career he managed to win no less than 11 Music Awards, performed at the Noting Hill Carnival in London, also alongside artists such as 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Kanda Bongo man, Judy Boucher, Mark Morrison, Buju Banton, and Joe. In 2008 he Performed at The” Not In Our Lifetime” Charity concert in Johannesburg organized by MTN south Africa in aid of the Xnophobic attacks on African foreigners living in South Africa.
Introducing “10th Day” which was TicTac’s 6th album also celebrated ten years of an excellent musical journey. The single “BOSOE” received massive airplay and topped the musical charts on local and foreign radio and TV stations in Africa and around the world, the video was being aired on high rotation on both MTV Base and Channel O.
TicTac on the 1st of July 09, signed a 3years contract to represent Melcom group of companies, which made him the first Ghanaian artist to be named as the face of melcom. He was fully integrated into melcom’s branding programs through multi-faceted marketing initiatives including print, broadcast advertising, consumer promotions, point of sale materials, public relations in support of melcom premium brands and products and is also involved in the companies campaign throughout all 10 regions in Ghana. In 2011 He became the Ambassador for Children”s Heart Foundation (CHF) a foundation responsible for raising funds in support of children with heart complications in Ghana so far the foundation have raised funds to support over 200 children in the country.
The multi-award winning Hip Life star on July 30, 2010 signed a 5years deal with Rockstar 4000 Music Entertainment & Sony Music Entertainment- the African continent’s first Pan African 360 Music & Entertainment Company and Record Label.
The deal saw Hiplife singer-song writer TicTac from Ghana in a historic, exclusive worldwide digital distribution deal, having his music made available commercially to a global audience of millions. Rockstar 4000 Music Entertainment, through its exclusive Pan African partnership with Sony Music Entertainment, will distribute its music and video catalogue to hundreds of digital storefronts worldwide, including major digital music services like iTunes®, Amazon MP3, Napster, eMusic, Rhapsody, Beatport, YouTube, Vevo, Zune, MySpace Music, Spotify, SKY, Juno Download, Boomkat, and Turntable Lab and mobile carriers and outlets such as Verizon Wireless, Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile and Nokia via Sony’s partnership with the San Francisco-based digital distributor IODA.
Under this label TicTac has released 4 solid singles including PumPum featuring Edem and Don’t let your baby go which is currently receiving a lot air play with a great aboriginal video to go with it.
TicTac was elected as the chairman of the musicians union of Ghana in 2012 due to his influence and respect he has from his fellow musicians and the nation as a whole.
In 2013 and 2014 he received a special award from the Allied health Students of the university of legon for his contribution to music in Ghana and Africa and in that same year he also had six nominations at 4syte music video awards.
TicTac in 2014 join the list of successful young Ghanian entrepreneurs by adding another fast food chain business and a Night Club to his glittering career, (Gennex Pizza and TicTac Reserved Lounge & Night Club)
2015 has started brightly for the music star, seeing him wining another award for his immense contribution to hiplife music (Ghana Music honours Award) at the Ghana music week festival.
He has recently been elected yet again to be part of a 10 member board of directors of the Ghana music right organisation (GAMRO).
TicTac’s long awaited 7th album entitled “Illusion” is due to be released later this year and many have tagged this album to be one of the best ever to be released by the music star.