Ishmael Kamara, popularly known as kracktwist, was born on the 31st May 1991 in the western part of Freetown (Lumley), Sierra Leone. He is from the Mandingo tribal community.
He started his music career in 2011 at Njala University when he met Samza and Base One, and formed the team BTC. His first song was for the group and is titled 'Free Born'. He thereafter released a single titled 'University Love'.
Kracktwist and Samza released an album titled Same Life, which includes tracks lie 'Pa Alaki' and 'Same Life Normore'.