Throughout life, there are many things that touch a person’s heart and soul and gives peace. For some people, it is art, some people are touched through words, some people are affected through other’s life stories, some people are inspired by movies, while some people find their comfort and peace through music.
In literal meanings, music means vocal or instrumental sounds. But figuratively, music is more than just sound production for people across the globe. People turn towards music when they are in love, or when they are hit with heartbreak. It is a source of peace and joy, an escape and solace. People tend to lose themselves in music, dancing to its tunes and humming altogether because it makes them feel alive.
People who are inspired by music find inspiration in not just the lyrics, but also in the tunes, and the beats together. They find their comfort in listening to the songs and aspire to make a difference in the world through what they write and create. From the population who writes music not just for themselves, but also to share it with the rest of the world, Di Higrade stands distinguished.
This US-based Afrobeat/Dancehall artist creates music with the hope that everyone who listens to it can relate to it, and his songs are the perfect reflection of his thoughts.
FINDING A DIRECTION IN LIFE THROUGH MUSIC
Born on August 26, 1989, Di Higrade opened his eyes in Tema, Ghana. Birth named Roger Akutcha, Di Higrade grew up without his parents. He had a tough childhood having to look after himself while also dealing with every situation all by himself and not having anybody to depend on.
As a child, the only thing that brought comfort and peace to Di Higrade was music. He would spend several hours of the day listening to music, enjoying the songs, and humming to its tunes. His happiest hours of the day were always attached to music, where he would be lost in his own world and had nothing to worry about.
It wasn’t long that Di Higrade’s love for music started blossoming, and he turned towards writing and composing his own songs. After several hours dedicated to writing a song, he had finally created a masterpiece when he was just ten years old!
Excited to show the others what he had come up with, Di Higrade performed his song for his friends, who were stunned by his voice and talent. His friends cheered him and bucked him up for the fantastic show he had put on.
The admiration he got from his friends was all he needed to realize that he was passionate about writing and creating songs, and even more eager to be able to perform in front of large crowds. Knowing that music was more than just sounds for him, Di Higrade was determined to make a difference with his music. He was sure that music would always be a part of him, and he was ready to share his creations with the world.
Di Higrade had grown up listening to various popular artists like Bob Marley, Vybz Kartel, Movado, Shaggy, Sean Paul, and many others. By the time it was his turn to create his own music, the instinct to turn to the Afrobeat genre was natural. Di Higrade made up his to create songs with a fusion of Afrobeat and Dancehall genres.
Apart from drawing inspiration from the artists he listened to, Di Higrade brought life to his music through his life experiences. He is a firm believer that music something that unites people together, and as an artist, he was compelled to create something that would help his listeners get comfort, just like he had once as a child.
Di Higrade uses his tunes and lyrics to bring his experiences and emotions under music in a big way. He says, “Going through the experiences makes me appreciate life more. Life is a beautiful struggle. I always put these experiences into music to send my story out there.”
He released several singles comprising the Afrobeat and Dancehall genres, which gave the listeners something new and unique to look forward to. Being appreciated by a large crowd, his singles gained immediate attention and helped gain recognition around the world.
In 2015, Di Higrade released his single HTML. HTML is an abbreviation for Hello To My Lover. The song was released under the label Tubhani Muzik, with Owuraku of Butterfly Concept Entertainment as the director of the high picture quality and the classic video of the song. Hello To My Love is a classical ballad, a love letter for the artists yearning to see his lover. The song narrates the artist’s heartache when his lover is gone. The track is the perfect combination of piano drive pop-soul sentiments and twists that burst more towards the highs and falls back consistently into deep emotion that is perfectly depicted in the artists’ soft vocals.
On Christmas of the year 2016, Di Higrade released two more singles, ‘Obsession’ and ‘Party Time.’ Both the tracks are Dancehall bangers. These tracks are total knockouts for all kinds of festivities.
The fast-tempo track Afro-Dancehall jam, Obsession, was produced by Denswag and is dedicated to all the hot girls across the globe! The party song, Party Time, was produced by “Go Low” hitmaker, Tubhani Muzik, and is dedicated to all party-goers!
The same year, Di Higrade released three more songs, 90’s, Prove Dem Wrong, and Enemies, all of which are known for their silvery vocals and unique melodies.
USING HIS WORDS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Aside from being an extremely dedicated music artist, Di Higrade is also a kind human being and supports justice and equality. Realizing how big of issue poverty is, he addressed the problem and said, ‘Can you imagine what it’s like to not have enough food to eat and go to bed hungry at night? Poverty is not a joke.’
After days of hard work and struggle, the artist today stands distinguished as a musical artist and a fitness model. He serves the US Military while continuing to release his music!