Ama Serwah Genfi (born July 4, 1994), known professionally as Amaarae, is a Ghanaian singer, songwriter, producer, and engineer known for her work around representation of gender and race in music.[1][2][3] After collaborating with local artists and putting out a few non-album singles, she released her debut 6 track EP, Passionfruit Summers[4][5][6] in 2017.

Amaarae
AmaaraeLive.jpg
Background information
Birth nameAma Serwah Genfi
Born (1994-07-04) July 4, 1994 (age 27)
New York, United States
OriginAccra, Ghana
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2010–present
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Labels
  • Sad Saints Angry Angels
  • Golden Child
  • Platoon
  • 0207
  • Interscope
  • Golden Angel
Associated acts
Websiteamaaraemusic.com

In 2020 Amaarae released the song "Sad Girlz Luv Money" featuring Moliy on her debut album The Angel You Don't Know. In 2021 the song was remixed with a feature from Kali Uchis which then went on to become a viral hit on social media and streaming platforms, charting globally.

Early lifeEdit

Amaarae was born on July 4, 1994, in New York, USA and raised between Atlanta, USA and Accra, Ghana[5] to Ghanaian parents Ama Bawuah and Kwadwo Boateng Genfi. She happens to be the eldest of two children. Amaarae started her music journey at the age of 13, when she wrote her first song.[7] During her teenage years, she began to enjoy watching music video. She could remember one of her most vivid memories being watching the music video for the Kelis song “Young, Fresh n' New”. She recalls Kelis' unique expression being an inspiration for her journey into the music industry.[8]

During high school, she started making mix tapes and by the age of 17, she took up an internship at a music studio. At tertiary institution, she undertook voice training and honed her songwriting skills while studying English literature and she returned to Ghana in June 2017.[5]

CareerEdit

Having collaborated with artists like AYLØ, Kay-Ara, Yaw P, Amaarae released her debut project Passionfruit Summers[9][10][11] in 2017. The album features the standout song, "Fluid", which was complemented by a critically acclaimed music video.[12]

Recognized both locally and internationally, she was named one of Apple Music Africa's Favourite New Artist in April 2018[5][13][14][15] and later that year became an Apple Music Beats 1 featured artist[16] for her debut project Passionfruit Summers which she released through her independent record label, Golden Child LLC on November 30, 2017.[6] She performed with Teni, Boj of DRB LasGidi and Odunsi at ART X Lagos, an art fair in Lagos, Nigeria on November 3, 2018.[17]

Amaarae has also been acknowledged for her style and fashion sense.[18][19] In 2018, she was featured in Vogue Magazine online in an article on 4 women across the globe with buzz haircuts[20][21] and snagged a mention as one of Vogue online's Top 100 Style Influencers of 2018, in addition to being nominated as Artist of the Year at the Glitz Style Awards in Ghana.[22][23][24] She has also patronized Ghanaian fashion brand Free The Youth.[2]

On March 23, 2019, Amaarae became one of the acts chosen to perform at the first-ever Boiler Room event to happen in Accra, Ghana alongside La Meme Gang (A Collective comprising Nxwrth, RJZ, KwakuBS, Darkovibes, Kiddblack and $pacely) and Award Winning Rapper Kwesi Arthur.[25][26][27][28]

Amaarae has since added Stonebwoy, Kojey Radical, M3NSA, Santi, Blaqbonez, Buju, Odunsi, B4bonah and very recently, in 2019, the Nigerian Singer-songwriter Wande Coal[29] to the list of artists she has worked with.[10]

On November 12, 2020, Amaarae released her debut studio album, The Angel You Don't Know. Owen Myers of Pitchfork stated, "The Angel You Don't Know crackles with innovation, a pacesetter at a time when industry bigwigs are waking up to the long-held truth that Africa is setting the global tempo for pop music."[30]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

List of studio albums, with selected details
Title Details
The Angel You Don't Know
  • Released: November 12, 2020
  • Label: Golden Child

EPEdit

List of EPs, with selected details
Title Details
Passionfruit Summers[31]
  • Released: November 30, 2017
  • Label: Golden Child
  • Formats: Digital download

SinglesEdit

List of singles
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[32]
CAN
[33]
IRE
[34]
NLD
[35]
NZ
[36]
SWE
Heat.

[37]
SWI
[38]
UK
[39]
WW
[40]
"Spend Some Time"
(featuring Wande Coal)[41]
2019 Non-album singles
"Like It"[42]
"Leave Me Alone"[43] 2020 The Angel You Don't Know
"Fancy"[44]
"Sad Girlz Luv Money"
(with Moliy featuring Kali Uchis)
2021 80 48 28 55 29 11 18 29 26

As a featured artistEdit

Year Title Album
2017 Whoa! (AYLØ featuring Amaarae) Insert Project Name
On Me (Dex Kwasi featuring Amaarae) Non-album single
2018 Pepper Dem (Stonebwoy featuring Amaarae) Epistles Of Mama
Rapid Fire (Santi featuring Amaarae) Mandy & The Jungle
Hectic (Odunsi featuring Amaarae) rare.
SDI (M3NSA featuring Amaarae) Non-album single
2019 Platinum Sex (Mina featuring Amaarae) Flight Paths
Like Water (Gafacci featuring Amaarae) Tash BNM
Settle Down (Santi featuring Amaarae) Mandy & The Jungle
Shame (B4bonah featuring Amaarae) B4Beginning
Sugar (Kojey Radical featuring Amaarae) Cashmere Tears
Mewu (Ground Up Chale featuring Twitch & Amaarae) We Outside (Y3 Wo Abonten) Vol. 1
Too Bad (featuring Show Dem Camp and TEMS) The Palmwine Express
2020 Still Dey Inside (OIEE & M3NSA featuring Amaarae)
Follow My Lead (FRIDAY NIGHT CRU featuring Tessellated and Amaarae)
Count On Me (Blessed featuring Amaarae) Music Is The Medicine
2021 Bling (Blaqbonez featuring Amaarae & Buju) Sex Over Love

NominationsEdit

Year Event Category Recipient/Nominated Work Result Ref
2021 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards Record of the Year Amaarae – Fancy Nominated [45]
Best Music Video of the Year Nominated

ReferencesEdit

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