Born and raised in Tema, Ghana, the 23 year old comes from a musically-inclined family and
so it’s no surprise she cultivated an ardent interest in music at a very tender age. Calaiss,
whose real name is AJ Mensah is a multi-talented rapper, singer, writer and producer.
She grew up on a lot of music and eventually learned how to play the drums and the
keyboard taught by her Uncle, a multi-instrumentalist. Calaiss naturally has an ear for sound
thanks to a form of synesthesia which has helped nurture the gift she has.
Her eclectic sound and eccentric style makes her a fresh addition to the budding alternative
music scene in Ghana. She draws inspiration from multiple genres of music with top
influences being but not limited to Prince, Cruel Santino, Daddy Lumba, J. Cole, Burna boy,
Saint Jhn, Billie Eilish, Trippie Redd, Kaytranada, Frank Ocean, 070 shake, J.I.D, Kendrick
Lamar, FKA Twigs, Joji, Col3trane, Jaden, Little Simz, Asa and of course, Drake.
Her debut single, Dis Side, was released on 3/12/2020 and is a precursor for her debut EP
which is set to be released early 2021. The song explores the themes of personal freedom,
dreams and ambitions of the everyday person over a calming hip hop beat produced by The
Calaiss ( pronounced kuh-lays), graduated summa cum laude from the University of Ghana,
where she double majored in English and Political Science. She is also an alumna of Justus
Liebig University in Germany where she studied Business Communication.