Iakopo, was raised in Samoa where his passion for music was kindled.
When still in high school, Artists such as UB40, Sizzla and Bob Marley influenced Iakopo to produce his first hit album ‘’Let Your Light Shine’’ in 2006. The singles “Let Your Light Shine” and "Love Jah" made it to the top of reggae charts in the US, Hawaii, Polynesia, Asia and Europe. On top of that, ‘Let Your Light Shine’ sold 2.000.000 Downloads in the UK.
This lead to Iakopo sharing the stage with influential artists such as Israel Vibrations, Eeka Mouse, Junior Reid, Midnite, Collie Buddz and J Boog.
The second album as Keys of Creation ‘’Born To Win’’ featured the Single ‘Heart of Polynesia’, which won him the International Music Video Award for World Music, as well as being another #1 hit. It’s still considered as an anthem by Polynesians worldwide.
His success got Universal Music Japan interested in Iakopo and then working with him on a compilation CD featuring famous Hawaiian artists. This first project led to a collaboration with Infinity 16 on the single ‘Bounce’. Released September 28th 2011, it was the top sold single for two weeks and top single on Japanese mobile download charts.
Currently, Iakopo is working with internationally acclaimed producers Don Corleone, Citizen K and Sam Diggy Music on recording his first album. It features Iakopo's diverse skills as an original artist.
Iakopo released his first single on LionzShare 'FLY' on December 12th 2011. It rose to be the top featured single on reaggeazion.jp, Japan's biggest reggae related website and download store.
He followed this up with the hot party tune ‘VIP’ on February 2nd 2012. The next single ‘Remedy’, released on March 23rd 2012, has Jamaica’s top female singer Fiona adding beautiful backing vocals. ‘Remedy’ is still in daily rotation on Hawaii’s biggest radio stations Q103 and Island FM 98.5, as well as #2 on Betelnutradio.
Iakopo’s next single ‘Hot Summer’ is played on radio stations worldwide, as well as entering the Pacific Top 20 eight weeks in a row, reaching #2.
Furthermore, Iakopo’s newest single ‘Break Free’ features legendary Jamaican singer Lukie D. This song is getting Iakopo major recognition: It was the #1 most requested song on Da Paina, as well as in power rotation on Island 98.5 and daily rotation on Q103.
When asked what keeps his musical fire going, Iakopo replied, “I have to share my music... Music is the universal language of the soul that brings people together and can provide healing transformation. It did for me and I hope to now share what was given to me with others”.
Find Iakopo on www.iakopo.com