Frederick Kekeli Quashie or 'FRD' (His stage name) is a ghanaaian rap artist with
an interesting past.
He was born in longjumeau, Essonne, France on the 23rd September 1990 from a
Telecommunication Engineer 'William Wolee Quashie' and a professional Linguist
'Nadia Sergine Sani Agata'.
He stayed in France for 8 years before the family (which now consisted of 4
members due to his brother 'William Jr Joe Quashie' arrival the year before) decided
to move to Lome, Togo in West Africa.
He schooled in Togo until grade 6 and the family moved again. This time to
Ghana for a year.In Ghana, he learnt how to speak english.
After Ghana, Nigeria was the next destination where he really developped his
English speaking, reading and writing.
It was on a saturday night that his dad 'William Wolee Quashie' bought him the
'eminem show' album. That album made him realize : Rapping is the only way he
could actually feel fulfilled and happy. So from that day he started writing
lyrics every single day. The rimes were not that good at first, but then they started
making much more sense and place themselves at very particular and beautifully
arranged places as he creates them.
He continued writing his lyrics for about 2 more years, and that is when the
family moved once more.
Cotonou, Benin Republic in West Africa was probably the place he discovered
he had a potential people didn't have in abundance so he used it to his advantage
especially in school : Nigerian International School.
That school sharpened him all round and made him comprehend a lot of things not
only about himself but also about life challenges and their consequences.
He finished high school at 17 years old and stayed home for 2 years making his art
better. But then he realised he was good at music but he was not a marketable
product when what he had worked on hit the public and they weren't responding
to the material in a positive way. He felt a rush of defeat and giving up in him
but couldn't let go of his first and only love : MUSIC.
So he kept fighting through adversity but still couldn't succed in Benin due to
one simple fact he didn't understand back then which was : Stay True to what you
are actually telling your people, that is say nothing but the truth in your lyrics.
If you are lying, there is no hiding it people will hear and feel it. But
he wasn't true enough in his words.
He traveled to ghana for studies purposes and saw there a different crowd of
people with a whole new idea of music. He studied the ghanaaian market for more
than 2 years before venturing in it with a new understanding of the music business.
He then met in his rising a group called the BaconGang in which he identified
himself immediately. So he joined them to create the most amazing music he had ever
FRD is currently still with them and is really beginning to rise to glory. His fans
are loyal and love what he does enough for him to know he is going farther he thought
he could reach.