Cleo Ice Queen Biography: Age, Early Life, Relationship, Career, Awards & Nominations, Brand Endorsements, Net Worth

The Zambian beauty is the most influential female hip hop recording star.

By  | Jun 25, 2022, 09:36 AM  | Cleo Ice Queen  | Top of The

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Award-winning hip-hop artist, reality TV star, radio host, and accomplished businesswoman are just a few titles that Cleo Ice Queen goes by.  

The Zambian beauty is one of the most influential female hip-hop recording stars in Zambia, and her career is decorated with recognition and awards.

But besides being a huge public figure did you also know that Cleo Ice Queen is a mother and a middle child? Here is Cleo Ice Queen’s biography with all the details about the talented rapper's life.

Cleo Ice Queen Real Name & Age

Cleo Ice Queen's real name is Clementina Lukonde Mulenga, her nickname Ice Queen comes from her love of jewelry which is Ice in rap slang.

She was born in Lusaka on June 14, 1989, and in 2022, she turned 33 years old.

Cleo Ice Queen Early Life & Education

A young Cleo Ice Queen next to her now, source: Instagram

A middle child with two brothers and two sisters, Clementina’s love for entertaining started early, with her being the entertainment at her own birthday parties as a child. 

She started singing at 11 years old, and at 15 she had a taste of fame when she won a national talent competition on Back to School with a million

The principal at her high school Banani International School built a recording studio, and this is where she recorded her first song – Hands Up

After high school, Cleo moved to South Africa where she enrolled in a business administration course with a major in public relations. She however didn’t complete her studies, and instead focused on her music career.

Cleo Ice Queen Relationship

Cleo Ice Queen with her daughters, source: Instagram

Cleo has two daughters – one with a Congolese tycoon (reportedly) and with Zambian rap star Kalale Masengu, aka Kaladoshas.

Her relationship with Kaladoshas always hit the wrong note in tabloids. The two were engaged when she fell pregnant, but she never walked down the aisle. They even collaborated on a love song Umbrella, but there was no happily ever after for them.

Kaladosha even tried to sue Cleo for full custody of their daughter, after their relationship ended. In Wezi’a song Munanitema Cleo referenced their age gap as one of the reasons for their break up.

Cleo Ice Queen Career

Cleo Ice Queen, source: Instagram

In 2011, Cleo started her music career, releasing her first single Big Dreams – which was one of Zambia’s biggest songs of the year.  The same year she released a mixtape Topic of Discussion and she joined South African superstar Khuli Chana on his track Tswa Daar, which also featured Nigeria’s Ice Prince and South Africa’s AKA and Reason.

In 2013, Cleo became a household name when she was announced as a contestant on Big Brother Africa: The Chase. The reality show takes place over three months and sees TV cameras filming every second of the contestants' time in the house.

Cleo was in the house for all 91 days and was named as the runner-up to the eventual winner, Namibia’s Dillish Mathews. Although Cleo did not win, she has stayed in touch with her bestie Dillish.

With her fame cemented, it was time for Cleo to get to work, and was she busy.  Hosting a football show Bola Yapa Zed on SuperSport, which only focused on Zambian football, saw her entertain households every week. She quickly made a name for herself as a TV presenter and an MC for the must-attend events in Zambia.

She also appeared on the music show Coke Studio Africa, where she collaborated with South Africa’s Bucie on a song Simunye – which they performed in both their mother tongues Nyanja and isiXhosa.

The reality TV star, alongside Kuni and Thandi, got into the bad books of Zambia’s Religious Affairs when they deemed their TV show to be inappropriate.

The organization contacted the broadcaster Zambezi Magic, and demanded they cancel Lusaka Hustle Show, claiming the show’s content displays immoral behaviour. Eventually, after the show’s suspension was lifted, producers decided not to renew the show for another season.

A fan favourite of Zambezi Magic, Cleo Ice Queen also hosted the channel’s Dreams, and with her Big Brother Africa: The Chase Housemate Sulu, they hosted Zipezemo mumahafu Airtel Show. In 2015, Cleo was also cast in a lead role in the TV series Love Unloved.

Cleo Ice Queen, source: Instagram

Being in the spotlight and working all of the time, Cleo Ice Queen releases her debut album Geminice in 2016 – the album name a play on her star sign and her nickname.

The standout tracks on the album catapulted Cleo’s status and cemented her place in Zambia’s music industry. Some of the biggest songs from her debut album include Turn Up, Addicted and Autobahn.

Since the release of her debut album, Cleo Ice Queen has released more music, keeping her fans jamming – some of the songs include Xo Fever, Gimme dat and Secure the bag.

In 2018, Cleo Ice Queen reunited with her Big Brother: The Chase Housemates for the song Lights. Featuring the series winner Dillish Mathews, the video was directed by another of the Big Brother Africa: The Chase Housemates – Namibia’s Maria Nepembe.

In 2020, Cleo released her single, Sensation after having been off the music radar for a while.

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Cleo also stepped behind the microphone as a co-host of 96.5ROCK FM’s drive time show alongside KB and Sebastian Dutch.

Cleo Ice Queen Awards

A year after the release of her debut album, the awards started rolling in.

In 2013 she won Best Female at the AFRIMMA Awards, winning again in 2015. Cleo’s also won awards Best Female at the 2017 Sun Kwacha Music Awards.

In an interview, Cleo mentioned how honored she was for being r ecognizedby the music industry, but she still has her eye on more awards – including the Grammys and the Zambian Music Awards.

Cleo Ice Queen Brand Endorsements

Cleo Ice Queen, source: Instagram

In between the music and TV shows, the rapper has been appointed as the face for some of the biggest brands in Zambia.

Some of the big brands that she has worked with include MTN, China’s Legal, OxyGym, and Softcare Diapers. She has also partnered with Ulendo taxis, Fair and White Zambia, and Johnnie Walker Zambia, just to name a few.

As a Global Citizen ambassador, she highlighted Zambia’s issue of hungry children, asking the government to do better to put an end to hunger by 2030. She was also an ambassador as part of the fight against Ebola campaign.

Cleo Ice Queen Net Worth

Cleo Ice Queen, source: Instagram

Cleo’s net worth has been estimated at $4 million, with most of her earnings coming from her music career. Her performances come at a cost of about 14 thousand Kwacha.

With Cleo Ice Queen’s career on the up and up, hopefully a new album on the way, her fans won’t have to wait long to see what she’ll be busy with next. 

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