Samini Ghana's dancehall reggae and hip hop artiste

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Samini

Samini

Emmanuel Andrews Samini, born 22 December 1981 in Accra, Ghana, and known in show business as Samini is Ghana's biggest music star at the present time.


He hails from Wa in the northern part of Ghana. His genre of music is a melodious mixture of highlife, dancehall, reggae and hip-hop. He terms his brand of music as the “African dancehall”.

His debut album, Dankwasere released in 2004, topped the local music charts for weeks and won two awards at the Ghana Music Awards. The track Linda from the album was a popular hit. He has shared the stage alongside Sean Paul, Akon, Kevin Little, Shaggy, Wayne Wonder, Damien Marley, Bennie Man, Jay-Z, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Culture (of Blessed Memory) and Steel Pulse. He collaborated with Steel Pulse and Etana from Jamaica.

He has received international recognition and played major gigs throughout Africa and in the UK, German, Italy, Canada, Holland and the U.S.A.

He was selected to perform as one of the main African Artistes at the opening and closing ceremony during the first World Cup staged in Africa- South Africa 2010

He received international recognition when he was nominated and won the best African Act at the MOBO Awards in the United Kingdom in September 2006. His self-titled second album (Samini) for which he won three awards at the 2007 Ghana Music Awards, in February 2008, also won for him the Best African Artist Award at the Hip Hop World Awards in Nigeria.

His third album, Dagaati, was released in 2008 and produced such hit songs as 'Where My Baby Dey', Music' and 'Odo'. His fourth album, titled CEO released in November 2010 has hits Trigger, Sweet Mistake and Tempo. On July 25, 2011, Samini released his first single, titled Pappistic (a High Grade Family Riddim) off his yet-to-be-released 2011-2012 album.

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