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Grammy winning singer Ashanti for CFW

Published:Wednesday | April 19, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and dancer Ashanti will perform a full concert at Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW) on Sunday, June 11.

Born Asanti Douglas, this fashionista and fixture at global fashion weeks will be paying her first visit to CFW, as she doubles as a celebrity host of CFW events as well as a performer.

Also performing at CFW this year is British Ghanaian chart-topping Fuse ODG, best known for his new Afrobeats and hit collaborations with the likes of Sean Paul, Nyla and Major Lazer.

Fuse will also debut his fashion collection on Saturday, June 10.

Ashanti, the American R&B, hip hop star, is from Long Island, New York.

Before releasing her debut album with the Murder Inc label, Ashanti made her presence known by being featured on several songs by rappers signed to the label. She collaborated with rapper Ja Rule - the first of many collaborations between the two artistes - on the song Always On Time, and later lent her voice to the chorus of Fat Joe's single What's Luv. With the success of those singles, it wasn't long before Ashanti was ready to release a single of her own, introducing her solo vocals to the world with Foolish. All three of these songs were hits, simultaneously making their way to the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the Top 10 slot.

Her debut, self-titled album broke records after its release in 2002, selling more than 500,000 copies during its first week, setting a SoundScan record for the greatest-selling debut album from a female artiste. She made history with a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records, while the album itself was widely critically acclaimed. Ashanti garnered eight Billboard Awards, a Grammy Award (among five Grammy nominations), two American Music Awards, and the Soul Train Aretha Franklin Award in the 'Entertainer of the Year' category.

This year's CFW is dubbed the Best of CFW, and many of the best designers, supermodels and celebrities of the past, present and the future will be in attendance.

This year, for example, three Vogue covergirls will walk the CFW runway (Alicia Burke, Lois Samuels and Jeneil Williams).