In today’s fast-paced music scene, genuine artists who forge their own paths are a rare gem. Portia Dogbe, known by her stage name, “Onli MC,” fits that bill.
The budding vocalist and songwriter has grown over the years with homegrown talent, passion, and individuality.
Onli MC, in her final year of studying at the University for Development Studies, says, “I’m ready to inspire others to chase their dreams” through her music.
Her music is not just for fame or fortune. She emphasizes that inspiring others, telling better stories and helping others continually become better is what drives her.
“As a young female artist in Ghana, I face the unique opportunity to inspire and empower other young girls while navigating challenges related to gender biases and representation in the industry.”
Onli’s introduction to music came early; through her experience in high school, she began honing her craft. When she spoke to this website, she mentioned that she has learned from and continues to be inspired by popular acts like Sarkodie, Efya, and Nigerian sensation Tiwa Savage.
“My passion for music was sparked at a young age by my love for storytelling through sound. Key inspirations include artists like Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Akwaboah, etc. I’ve been influenced by a range of genres, including reggae, soul, and afrobeat. Artists like Koffee, Sarkodie, Stonebwoy, Efya, Kuami Eugene, etc. have had a significant impact on my musical style,” she said.
Onli MC is gearing up to release her first studio album in the coming months while finishing up her undergraduate studies. She hopes to work on an album soon.
“After I graduate, I plan to fully pursue my music career while also seeking opportunities for further education or work in related fields. In the next 3–5 years, I aim to release an album and expand my reach through collaborations and potentially signing with a music label. I have plans to collaborate with other local artists in the future, as I believe in the power of collective creativity and mutual support within the music community.”
Onli M.C. is a budding journalist. Beyond the music, she has great plans to develop herself as a force to be reckoned with as a journalist.
“Long-term, I do plan to pursue journalism alongside my music career. While music is my primary focus at the moment, I also have a passion for storytelling through writing, and I aim to explore opportunities in journalism as part of my long-term goals.”
She continued to say “Writing is key, whether it’s songs or news stories,” says the arts enthusiast. “I’ll likely flex both muscles in due time.”
If her early wins are any indicator—like nabbing her university’s Best Student Artist award last year—little can stop this small-town songstress from entering Ghana’s big leagues soon. Remember the name Onli MC!
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana