In the rank of best rappers in the world, the name- Sarkodie wouldn’t be missing. Sarkodie is the best rapper in Ghana and also one of the best in the whole of Africa. He has multiple awards and nominations under his belt, and of course, he is super-rich. He is the richest musician in Ghana this 2022; as such he has all the wealth to drive the best cars and live in luxurious houses. I guess you are curious about knowing more about this talented young artist.
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Though he is popularly known as Sarkodie, his real name from birth is Michael Owusu Addo. He was born on 10 July 1988 and raised in Koforidua, Ghana. He is the fourth born of five children born and raised in Tema, Sarkodie’s hometown. He attended Tema Methodist Day Senior High School and proceeded to IPMC, where he earned a degree in graphic design.
From the age of four, Sarkodie already discovered what he was good at music; and he wasn’t afraid to pursue it. He crafted a niche for himself in the music space in Ghana by being a rapper, some of his raps are a mixture of English and his native dialect, Twi.
Sarkodie began his music career as an underground rapper, he didn’t hesitate to show off his talents and skills to friends, at events, and even competitions. He participated in Adom FM’s popular rap competition ‘Kasahare Level’ where he beat other competitors hands-down and emerged as the winner.
This competition was like the stepping stone to open doors for Sarkodie, as he met his former manager Duncan Williams of Duncwills Entertainment during the course of the competition. He also met musicians like Edem and Castro, who introduced him to Hammer of The Last Two, a music producer. Impressed by his rapping prowess, Hammer was quick to feature him in two hit tracks he was about to release. The experience and exposure Sarkodie gained from these connections helped his career significantly.
Shortly after, he recorded his debut album Makye in 2009 with production from Jayso and Killbeatz and was launched in Accra Mall. He also featured music artists like R2Bees, J Town, Sway, and many more in his album. Sarkodie got various positive reviews from fans and critics as soon as he released ‘Makye’. He also got a number of nominations as well. Sarkodie’s musical career into fame and bliss took giant strides after his first album. He is an active proponent of the Azonto dance and style in Ghana and Africa.
His game has travelled across the continent and gained International recognition. The popular Ghanaian artist is also well known in the Nigerian music industry and has featured many Nigerian music artists like Wizkid, Ice Prince, Tiwa Savage, Banky W, Davido, 2Face Idibia, and Fuse ODG, etc.
Selected Playlists By Sarkodie
Black Love Album – Black Love (Sarkodie album) (2019)