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DAGAATI (2008)
SAMINI (2006)
DANKWANSERE (2004)

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When he was born in Accra, the capital city of Ghana in West Africa, his parents named him EMMANUEL ANDREWS SAMINI. As a recording and performing artiste, he chose to wear his surname as a badge of honour, and is known simply as SAMINI.

Samini is Ghana’s most prolific contemporary musical icon. His smooth mix of musical genres is a melodious interface of the African music form Highlife, with the Jamaican music forms Dancehall and Reggae as well as the American styling of Hip-Hop. He calls the multi-genre world music presentation African Dancehall!

Music in Africa is used as a means of praise, stress-relief, and healing. Like many African performers, Samini’s introduction to music was through his church choir. At age 18, Samini was asked to collaborate with Ghanaian singer Mary Agyeapong on a single released in 2001. It was his first professional venture and public introduction to the people of Ghana, who responded enthusiastically to both the content and presentation of his free-style lyrics, energy and stage presence.

In 2004, Samini released his maiden album Dankwasere, which remained at the top of the music charts in Ghana for several weeks. Dankwasere won two awards at the prestigious Ghana Music Awards. The biggest hit track from that album, “Linda”, remains one of those songs that remain readily on the lips of Ghanaians today, years after its release.

His award-winning second album, self-titled SAMINI, continues to enjoy high levels of popularity on the local Ghanaian charts. For his work on SAMINI, he won three Ghana Music Awards in 2007. In the same year, Samini received international recognition as the Best African Act at the 2006 MOBO Awards in the United Kingdom - the second ever awards programme dedicated to bringing urban Music Of Black Origin into mainstream culture. Through MOBO, Samini gained recognition over well-established African musical icons. In 2006, Samini was also nominated for MTV’s EMA Awards in Germany, Channel O Awards in South Africa and the Radiophonie Prize in France. Samini also took the Best African Artiste Award at the Hip Hop World Awards in Nigeria.

Samini was also nominated Best Live Performer for the first ever 2008 MTV AFRICA AWARDS (MAMA). The African performing phenomenon has also been nominated Best Artiste from West Africa by the KORA Awards, also known as Africa’s Grammy Awards. His objective for 2009 is to get his third album DAGAATI (“Know Your Roots”), which includes collaborations with international artistes Etana (Jamaica), Steel Pulse (Jamaica), Sway (U.K.), Nameless, and tour worldwide.

Samini has shared the stage performing alongside world-renown artistes such as Sean Paul, Game, Akon, Kelvin Little, Wayne Wonder, Shaggy, Ja-Rule, Damien Marley, Bennie Man, Jay-Z, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Culture (of blessed memory), Steel Pulse and Rita Marley in notable performances worldwide including the UK, Nigeria, Germany, Italy, Canada, and Holland. Commercial enterprises noted the value in Samini’s popularity and appeal as he was selected by African telecommunications giant MTN as a spokesperson and the wholesome, family-friendly personality placed on its phone cards and billboards. Samini’s face can be seen across the streets of Ghana on every mobile phone card MTN produces in that country of 23 million people!

In spite of commercial successes in Africa, Samini recognizes the importance of using his talent and popularity to carry messages of African unification, love, peace, development, and hope across the African continent and the world.

The United Nations agency for Children UNICEF in Ghana selected Samini to perform the song “Clean Water” alongside another popular Ghanaian performer, Rocky Dawuni, to promote good sanitation and hygiene. His most recent developmental activity has been performing the role of Ambassador for Children by the largest philanthropic agency in Ghana called Plan Ghana. In addition, the British Council in Ghana selected Samini to be the national icon for its programme Debate to Action (DTA), a capacity building programme aimed at young leaders of youth organizations, which seeks to develop leaders in communities. Samini’s role in that project is to use his strong positive personality and profile across Ghana to assist in projecting the DTA agenda and help in encouraging discussion about issues concerning the youth.

For more information:

Website: www.saminionline.com

E-mail: punclef@yahoo.com
isquaredent@gmail.com

Phone: 1 647 686 1914