Cleo aka ‘Ice Queen’ is a 22 year old Zambian born Hip Hop artist catches anyone’s attention as soon as she enters the room. Cleo began listening to hip hop music from the tender age of 6 years old and started rapping since the age of 11 and this is where her passion for the entertainment industry really begun. Cleo has been known to work with a few artists from all over Africa, and has had a few hit songs in Zambia. Cleo has won several rap/talent competitions in Zambia including ‘Back to school with a million Kwacha and she took 1st place and the prize money home.
Cleo relocated to South Africa in 2007 to further her education and music career. The name Ice Queen was derived from her love of jewellery which is called ‘Ice’ in hip hop slang. “Ice Queen no villain” as she puts it. She runs a successful jewellery business, selling women’s jewellery, Swarovski crystals, pure silver, shell pearls and fresh water pearls.
Ice queen is currently recording her project with the South West Record label, which she has been working with for several years. Ice queen has recently recorded a track with JK and has also shared the stage with the likes of Zone Fam , Crisis from Zambia, Morale, Sean pages, Muzart, Hanni of Big Brother Africa, CPWAA of Uganda and LIC of Nigeria. To contribute to her many talents, ice Queen also currently a radio Presenter on Planet Radio, which is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
- April 2011 – Back to the City Hip Hop culture festival alongside Maraza (Newtown , Johannesburg)
- May 2011 – Fashion Television (FTV) with Sliq Angel (fourways , Johannesburg)
- June 2011 – Ko’ Spotong with the Southwest Divas (Braamfontein , Johannesburg)
- June 2011 – La Patio with the Southwest Divas (Sandton , Johannesburg)
- June 2011 – Sankayi night club (Rivonia , Johannesburg)
- July 2011 – Tour to Empazeni Lodge with Maraza , Teepee , Southwest Divas and L-tore Crax and Psycho Lution album launch (Mbabane , Swaziland)
- September 2011 – Club Sangita (Rossetenville , Johannesburg)
- November 2011 – Roxy’s night club. Mr.&Mrs Razcaz (Melville)
- Nov/Dec 2011 – Art and Soul ( sessions in Newtown , Johannesburg)
- November 2011 – East meets West Chanel O Nominee Party
- November 2011 – Miss Zambia S.A fashion show (Co-MC and performer at event)
- February 2012 – Slim’s all star weekend NBA send off party at Shikisha in Newtown
- February 2012 – Monash University fresher’s week performance featuring G.E.E
- February 2012 – Ashes Northriding live performance alongside J.K
- March 2012 – Performance at ‘Sippin Sundayz ‘ event , Stones in Melville
- March 2012 – Performance and interview on Shizniz ; broadcasted on E-tv
- May 2011 – Siz ‘n’ scoop show on Y-fm
- September 2011 – Siz ‘n’ Scoop show on Y-fm
- January 2012 – ‘Big dreams’ play listed on Eldos fm
- March 2012 – ‘Life of The Party’ playlisted on #Local5 on Eldos fm. (Top 5 songs of the week)
- July 2011 – Tour to Swaziland ,Mbabane with Ice queen , Maraza , Teepee , Southwest Divas and L-tore was featured in a local Swaziland newspaper
Cleo is also an aspiring actress and model. Let’s just say, entertainment as a whole is what Ice Queen has a huge and deep passion for. Africa better watch out, Cleo is one of a kind who posses real ambition, drive and the talent.
You can hear more of her music on her reverbnation page and follow her on twitter @Cleo_icequeen and her managment teams @southwstrecords , @teamkamikazi
In-studio performance of “Power of a woman”