To Day am crashing on CLEMENTINA MULENGA
Clementina Mulenga was born on June 14, 1989. The third born in a family of 5 with two brothers and two sisters.She attended her primary school at Namununga and then did her Secondary education at Banani International School as well as Rhodes Park School, She later enrolled for college education at Midrand Graduate Institute in South Africa but later dropped out due to family financial difficulties and started to focus on her musical talent and presenting skills.
Cleo got her moniker “Ice Queen” from her love of jewelry, which in hip hop slang, is known as “ice”.
Cleo’s love for hip hop began when she was six years old. She began her singing career at 11 years old. From Cleo’s own words she says that she wanted to be behind the microphone from the time she was 4 years old. Cleo used to perform at her own parties starting with her 4th birthday.
Clementina had her first studio experience while at Banani International School where the school principal built a recording studio at the school. At the age of 16 Cleo recorded and released her first single ‘Hands Up.
While at Banani International School, her love for music and basketball escalated. At the age of 13 she won her first award as the best junior basketball player. Cleo was involved in lots of extra-curricular activities as she played for the basketball, Netball, football and Volleyball teams.
At the age of 15, Cleo won a nationwide competition called Back to School with a million a talent show to sing or dance against HIV/AIDS.
Ice Queen then moved to South Africa in 2007 to further her education at Midrand Graduate Institution and pursued a degree in Business Administration, Majoring in Public Relations. In an interview with Slam Dunk Cleo explains that her move to South Africa was to attend college, which forced her to put music on hold for a while, but in 2011 Cleo decided to pursue music as a career.
Cleo started her formal music career in 2011 and the following year she released a single titled Big Dreams which featured JK. It was a nationwide hit! Cleo was then featured in Khuli Chana’s official ‘Tswa Daar’ song remix which also featured Ice Prince, Maggz, Navio, AKA and Reason.
In 2013, October 25 Cleo visited the inmates of Lusaka Central Prison not only just to sing and dance for the independence day celebrations, but also donated some goods.
Cleo’s debut album was released in December, 2016 titled Geminice.Which has 14 songs and theme of the album is inapires by her Gemini star sign. One part of the album has seven sentimental and lyrical songs, while the other seven songs are fun-loving and upbeat, with party anthems like the Urban Hype featured Turn Up , Addicted and Autobahn.
Cleo released another single in December 2016 titled Soldier produced by Kekero, a melodic side of rap. In the song she talks about the appreciation to the African man and this was Cleo’s inspiration.
“All women have that Soldier in their lives be it fathers, brothers, spouses, nephews and this song is one way or another dedicated to them.”
In 2013 Cleo was picked to represent Zambia during the eighth season of the Big Brother Africa reality television series, produced by Endemol for M-Net which began on 26 May 2013, running for 91 days and ending on 25 August 2013. Cleo was in the house for 91 days she came out as the runner-up from Dillish who won 2013’s The Chase season.
In 2015 Super Sport Launched a football magazine show called Bola Yapa Zed focusing only on Zambian football. Cleo was chosen to be the presenter.
While Introducing Coke Studio at a glittering preview event in Lusaka, Cleo said:
“Making music is an amazing journey, and Coke Studio really shows the talent, effort and fun that artists put into their
craft. I’m just so pleased that Zambian music fans can now have a chance to share that passion on QTV.
CLEO scooped the 2013 and 2015 Africa Muzik Awards (AFRIMMA) for the Best Southern Africa slaying a lot of prominent musicians.2017 winner Best Female in the SunFm Kwacha Music Awards.
On 22 September 2016 Cleo was the first Zambian artist to be picked for the Season 2 of Coke Studio a music television series in Africa where artists are given the opportunity to create something new and exciting, Cleo the lady of rap, together with the lady of house music, Bucie teamed up with super producer Mr Kamera, singer-songwriter, Les-Ego and master sound engineer, Wilson. The song, Simunye (We are one) was a massive hit, talking about African royalty, unity and oneness with a touch of Cleo’s Zambian tongue, Nyanja and a touch of South African native tongue, Xhosa. This song shows how muaic has no language barriers.
On May 21, 2017 Cleo was a special guest at the official launch of the African Hip Hop Awards 1 July at Chez ntemba in Lusaka.
The renowned rapper also dated Musician Kaladoshas whom she shares a beautiful baby girl with,unfortunately the relationship didn’t last, their breakup feuds made headlines on social media gossip as it included name calling but seems the two have worked out their differences and are rumoured to be back together.
On November 27, 2016 Cleo confirmed the rumours of her pregnancy on her Facebook page when she replied to one of her fan’s comment. Cleo went ahead to confirm the bump during the recent performance alongside South Africa’s Nasty C rapper, where she said; “You guys are the first people I am performing for with my baby bump as you can see! She laughed”
On 20 February 2017 The ice queen welcomed her second daughter to the world..She is now a proud mother of two beautiful girls.
Cleo was the presenter of glamorous and luxurious Lusaka July event which was hosted by PR GIRL at the Lusaka POLO club.
Apart from a thriving music career, the hard working single mum is also a radio presenter on Zambia’s Radio Phoenix.
The rap Queen is a beautiful warm hearted ambitious woman with flair in her music ,like most women she has goals and a family yet has managed to maintain a thriving hip pop career and is among Zambia’s best female rappers .