About

“A lot of people say: ‘Takun-J, you be wasting your time behind the hip co.’  I believe in faith, it’s faith that got you and I living right now. The hope that it will take you somewhere tomorrow. I always keep the courage and the vision, I let nothing discourage me in my music.”

Jonathan Koffa is better known to his fans as Takun J, the Hip Co King.

Takun J was born on May 14 in Monrovia, Liberia, where he survived the country’s 14 year civil war with his single mother and 3 siblings. Even during those hard times, it was clear that Takun had an entertainer’s spirit. He grew up playing soccer, dancing, and entering talent shows. He performed whenever he had a chance. By the time he graduated from high school, he had fully committed himself to music. In 2005, he released his first single, “We’ll Spay You” followed the next year by “You Meaning Me”.

The success of those songs was cut short as the war flared up and a resettlement program took Takun to refugee camps in Ghana, and later, Ivory Coast, where he washed clothes and cleaned houses for people in exchange for food.

When the opportunity arose, he returned to Liberia to rebuild his country. He sees music, and especially Hip Co- the unique Liberian language of the streets and markets- as integral to this. In 2007, he released The Time, his first full length album. The song “Police Man”, which spoke honestly about police corruption, was an instant hit with fans but resulted in two arrests and a brutal beating by Liberian National Police. Takun refused to be silenced: the night of his release, he performed with his eye still black and his shirt still blood-stained.

Since then, Takun has committed himself to writing songs that speak truth, promote unity, and resonate with people’s everyday experiences. His entertainment company, Jazzo Entertainment, is focused on taking Hip Co to the streets, where everyone can access it, while at the same time sharing the unique Liberian style with the rest of the world.

Currently, Takun is working on a follow up album to The Time, set to be released in late 2012.

 

 

 

15 Comments on About

  1. Roland Key says:

    Hey man i’m very interested in rapping hip co as much as i m a liberian. i felt Liberia two years ago came to the US and i’m still doing hip co rap and shit. i m working on a ablum right and i wanna get you to spite on it. I aslso listen to your song “it not right” and i wanna do a remix on it. Hit me up 573-289-3032.

    I’m learning a trip to Liberia very soon to promote my album. We can make a great team.

    • maxx ener (the event) says:

      the songs i hear is too derogatory and raunchy. hip hop in America is nothing but satanic music brainwashing black people here. i don’t like the fact that liberians mimicking negativity; disrespecting young girls and acting like they have no home training. you have a lot of talent’ but chanel it in the right direction. they we can all listen to it and enjoy it. peace and love.

      Maxx

  2. Mickey says:

    Thats a good website..

    really impressed :)

    regards

  3. Emmanuel Tobey says:

    Hey TAKUN -J
    I am a fan of your music, I live and work with the UN in Liberia as the Pro, Photographer. I think we need to put more photo of you up on your site, and I am willing to do this free in appreciation of the many sacrifices you go through to put LIB on the globe of music. thanks. this is my contact# 0886551343

  4. draperc says:

    Hi Takun-J, you’re my man, keep it up.

    I’ve been following you online in recent months, and yap, I impressed with you presence, great site also.

    Remember I will always be there to help you out. You know what I mean.

    ooo yea, iLab……

  5. Vincent put LIberia first Lewis- says:

    Those of us who has unconditional love for country appreciates and adores what you guys are doing. thank u so much for educating folks about what it really means to be Liberians. And I much say that i am addicted to your music. How? it’s 3am here in Minneapolis, cant sleep cause ive been listing to your music all day. :)

  6. Vincent put LIberia first Lewis- says:

    Those of us who has unconditional love for country appreciates and adores what you guys are doing. thank u so much for educating folks about what it really means to be Liberians. And I much say that i am addicted to your music. How? it’s 3am here in Minneapolis, cant sleep cause ive been listing to your music all day. :)

  7. Vincent put LIberia first Lewis- says:

    Those of us who has unconditional love for country appreciates and adores what you guys are doing. thank u so much for educating folks about what it really means to be Liberians. And I much say that i am addicted to your music. How? it’s 3am here in Minneapolis, cant sleep cause ive been listing to your music all day. :)

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  9. Leszonick Spannizire says:

    THANKS FOR MAKING THE HIP-CO MUSIC TO SOUND SWEET.ANN I LIKE ONE OF YOUR RECENT SONGS APERTIZER

  10. Gbanoyan walters says:

    Good guy!!!

  11. Regina says:

    Dear Jonathan

    My name is Regina Cazzamatta, I work as a journalist for the Deutsche Welle, the international German radio, in the African news department. We have a music program every weekend, and I was thinking of suggesting this movement of Hip Co in Liberia. Do you have any number that I can call you? It is an 11 Minutes program so it would be great if I could interview you and some other artists like Romeo Lee, Dj Donzo, Luckay Beckay and your manager. Do you have all those contacts? We could also include, play some songs during the program. Just let me know if we can arrange everything.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you,

    Best Regards,

    Regina Cazzamatta
    Journalistin
    +49.228.429.4893
    +49 (0) 176 8900 6990
    Email: regina.cazzamatta@dw.de
    Redaktion Portugiesisch für Afrika
    Deutsche Welle (DW)
    Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 3
    53113 Bonn
    Germany

  12. Aaron kamara says:

    Takun j u i the best star in liberia i want to join the game but no hand i feel like been a star like u.

  13. EMMANUEL Q. Heyeh-II says:

    God bless you bro

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