Rebekah Selena Buffong (born August 27, 1992), professionally known as BEKAH, is a British singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist from Redditch, Worcestershire. BEKAH was born to a Montserratian father and Pakistani mother. Her parents are avid practicing Seventh Day Adventist Christians with her father being a preacher and church elder. She recalls, from a very young age, travelling around the UK and being requested to sing before her father would preach. At the age of four BEKAH began teaching herself how to play the synthesizer, quickly developing the ability to play by ear and began arranging chords to create songs. She started songwriting at the age of five and entered into the music industry at the age of sixteen, which lead to her dropping out of Grammar School a year later. Music became an outlet for BEKAH to deal with the emotions she felt surrounding her identity. Being a natural introvert music was a way of expressing herself and having her voice be heard.
Career Beginnings (2009-2013)
BEKAH began her music career in 2009 in Urban-Pop duo 'STAR' with her younger brother Benjamin Reuben Buffong. They began studying Music Business at Birmingham's Access Creative College in 2011 and were both fast-tracked completing the 2year course in the space of a year. They were then invited to study in London, where they built a credible reputation for themselves securing performances at; Liverpool Sound City (supporting Belfast artist Jun Tzu), Latitude Festival, MOBO Tour and participating in a UK School Tour. They quickly realised their passion for music was rooted in live performance and focused their time on developing their craft as performers. In 2012 'Music For Youth' spotted the potential in STAR's live performance and later selected them out of thousands of applicants to open the final night of the Schools Proms alongside the Penzance Youth Strings Orchestra at a sold out Royal Albert Hall. The collaborative performance saw Urban-Pop fused with Classical in a live capacity. It was there STAR was awarded for their; songwriting, production and performance skills.
In 2013 BEKAH began experimenting with Spoken Word writing three pieces which she was regularly invited to perform across the country; Celebrity, Revolution and Victim Of Love. These pieces tackled complex issues in a way that got her audience to look from wider perspectives.
In Summer 2013 BEKAH's music video to 'Dancefloor', which she worked on alongside up-and-coming Director, 'Chris Brooker (Brooker Films)', was playlisted on Sky TV's Channel AKA. The video had gone viral reaching over a quarter of a million views in under a month, independently.
Transition Into Media, Guest Speaking and Founding An Independent Record Label (2013-2018)
BEKAH graduated with Distinctions from the prestigious Artist Development Program at the British Academy of New Music in Stratford, East London in June 2013. It was on this course she formed a friendship with classmate Jess Glynne, alumni include the likes of Ed Sheeran and Rita Ora. While in London she spent her time writing numerous blogs and reviews for various entertainment websites. In addition, BEKAH was being commissioned to deliver guest talks to students across the country, including Oxford Brookes University, about working independently within the music industry. Students she scouted and mentored are now working globally earning a living from their craft as a direct result of their hard work coupled with her support and recommendations.
In 2015 BEKAH began working alongside Sublime Music and was regularly commissioned to photograph live music events for the likes of; Mix Master Mike, Stanton Warriors, Lady Waks, Mafia Kiss and Luca Stricagnoli, to name a few. Being independent to the core, BEKAH then went about taking the appropriate steps to incorporate her Independent Record Label, 'Righteous Records Limited' working with the 'New Enterprise Allowance Scheme' in 2016. The following year BEKAH began working with the BBC to produce videos for the BBC iPlayer and was able to work with; The Sugarhill Gang, Feeder, The Charlatans, Aswad and Wilko Johnson, on videos which appear on their respective BBC Music pages, as well as John Bonham's first Memorial Concert in their hometown of Redditch and Billy Monger's BBC One news story.
That same year BEKAH was given the opportunity to produce and present her own independent music show on FM Midland station, Black Country Radio. The station entrusted her to scout regional, national and international independent artists and shine a light on their music. In addition to this she was managing the Digital Studio at Serious Studios, one of the only music recording studios in the UK to be partnered with the world-renowned Abbey Road Studios. BEKAH then decided to go back to college as a mature student and studied Creative Media Production (TV & Film). She had to leave the course midway through her second year due to a rapid decline in her mental health, but was still able to obtain a Double Grade Distinction nontheless.
Championed By BBC Introducing Hereford & Worcester's Andrew Marston (2015-Present)