Emmanuel Andrews Sammini (born 22 December 1982, in Accra, Ghana),[1] known by his stage name Samini (formerly as Batman Samini), is a Ghanaian reggae and dancehall recording artist from Wa, Ghana.[1][2] His genre of music is a melodious mixture of high life, dance hall, reggae and hip-hop.[3] He terms his brand of music "African dance hall".[3] He signed his first record deal with Ashanti International. Samini started his record label after he left the aforementioned label.[4][5]

Birth nameEmmanuel Andrews Samini
Also known asSamini, Batman Samini
Born (1982-12-22) 22 December 1982 (age 41)
Accra, Ghana
OriginDansoman, Accra, Ghana
GenresDancehall, reggae, hip-life
Occupation(s)Rapper, raga, singer, actor, entrepreneur
Instrument(s)Vocals, Acoustic
Years active1999–present
LabelsHigh Grade Family

Samini has released seven studio albums, with all being highly successful on the commercial market. Samini's success and recognition began when his first single, Linda, was released and subsequently appearing on other successful singles by other artists.[6][7][8][9]

On 13 December 2018, Samini was en-skinned as a Chief in his home town. The title given to him by the WaNaa (Paramount Chief of Wa) is `Pebilii Naa’, which means `King of the Rocks’ in Wa.[10]

Samini holds a bachelor's degree in Project Management from Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). He served as President of GIMPA Students Representative Council (SRC) during his final year at the institution.[11]

After completion, Samini had his first major performance at the 'Re-ignition Concert' at the Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum in Accra. He said that 'it felt great, it's a good way to come back, it's a good way to get started again after a three and a half year break of active music.'[12]

Background information edit

Sammini started singing in a church choir at the age of 14 and became a professional musician after a musical collaboration with another musician in 1999. His debut studio album, Dankwasere, was released in 2004; it topped the local music charts for weeks and won two awards at the Ghana Music Awards.[13] The album was supported by the single "Linda". He has performed alongside Sean Paul, Akon, Kevin Little, Shaggy, Wayne Wonder, Damian Marley, Bennie Man, Jay-Z, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Culture (Joseph Hill)(of Blessed Memory) and Steel Pulse. He collaborated with Steel Pulse and Etana from Jamaica. He has received international recognition and toured the UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, and the Netherlands.[14]

He received international recognition when he won the "Best African Act" at the 2006 MOBO Awards.[15] After releasing his second self-titled studio album, Samini, he won three awards at the then 2007 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards.[16][17] In February 2008, Samini won the "African Artiste of the Year" award at The Headies.[18] His third studio album, Dagaati, was released in 2008.[13][19] After launching his 7th studio album on 22 December 2018 titled UNTAMED he won the Reggaeville 2018, Album of the Year.[20]

Discography edit

Studio albums edit

  • Dankwasere (2004)
  • Samini (2007)
  • Dagaati (2008)
  • C.E.O (2010)
  • Next Page (2013)
  • Breaking News (2015)
  • Untamed (2018)

Singles edit

  • Tsoobi featuring Rowan, Senario & Razben
  • Good Vibes
Year Title Album Ref
2016 Party Away [21]
2019 tshoobi [https://www.dcleakers.com/high-grade-family-ft-samini-senario-razben-rowan-tsoobi-prod-by-brainybeatz/]
2019 Hallelujah [22]
2019 Celebration [https://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/31397778]

Videography edit

Year Title Director Ref
2015 Enkasa As featured artist [23]
2016 Ye Ko Paapi [24]
2015 New Style [25]
2017 My Own [26]
2018 Obaa [27]
2019 tsoobi Slingshots [28]

Awards and nominations edit

Samini awards and nominations

MOBO Awards edit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2006 Himself Best African Act[29] Won

The Headies edit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2010 Himself Best African Act[citation needed] Won

Channel O Music Video Awards edit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2011 Himself Most Gifted Reggae Dancehall Video Artist[30] Won

Bass Awards edit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2013 Himself Kwame Nkrumah Award (Artiste of the Year)[31] Won
Best Performer(Reggae/Dancehall)[31] Won
Best Dancehall Artiste[31] Won

MTV Africa Music Awards edit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2009 Himself Best Performer[32] Won

Ghana Music Awards edit

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2005 Himself Artiste of the Year[33] Won
HipLife Artist of the Year[33] Won
2007 Himself African Magic Artiste of the Year[34] Won
Pop Song of the Year[34] Won
Record Song of the Year[34] Won
2011 Himself Album of the Year[35] Won
2021 Himself Reggae Dance-hall Song of The Year Nominated

Nominations edit

  • 2006 MTV Europe Music Awards 2006 – Best African Act
  • 2008 MTV Africa Music Awards – Best Performer
  • Black Canadian Awards 2014– Best International Act
  • Ghana Music Awards 2014– Artist of the Year
  • Ghana Music Awards 2014– Reggae Dance hall Song (scatter bad mind)
  • Ghana Music Awards 2011– Artist of the Year
  • Ghana Music Awards 2011 – Afro Pop Song of the Year
  • Ghana Music Awards 2011– Album of the Year
  • Ghana Music Awards 2012– Reggae Song of the Year
  • IRWM Awards- Best African Entertainer
  • Bass Awards 2013– Most Popular Dance hall Song
  • Bass Awards 2013– Best Collaboration (Time Bomb ft wiz kid)
  • Bass Awards 2013– Best Dance hall Music Video
  • MOAMA Awards 2010– Best African album
  • Ghana DJ Awards- Song of the Year 2010
  • Ghana Music Awards UK 2018 – Reggae/Dance hall song of the year
  • Ghana music awards UK 2019-Special recognition award
  • Ghana Music Awards 2020-Reggae/Dance hall artist of the year
  • Ghana Music Awards 2021- Reggae/Dance hall song of the year

References edit

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