Dancehall artiste, Samini is one of the few artiste who had to struggle as an underground artiste and had to fight their way through to the top.
According to the Samini, his first salary he received in the music industry was GHC 5.0, Hol it!!! It wasn’t just the mere GHC 5 which can only buy ‘kelewele’ in this ‘Mahama economy’. GHC back in the 90’s was quite some reasonable amount of money.
In an interview with Hitz FM, Samini says the paycheck gave him the chance to afford a bottle of beer for the first time.
Talking about his success in the music career, The highgrade family boss says he has realized how successful he was becoming in the music career after seeing himself in Mary Agyapong’s ‘Twe ben me’ music video.
Samini became a cprofessional 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. 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 (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.
He is revered to have won several awards including best African Act at the 2006 MOBO awards, best performer at 2009 MTV Africa music video awards, Headies best African act 2010, Most gifted reggae dancehall video artist at 2011 Channel O Music Video Awards and Album of the Year at 2011 Ghana Music Awards.
I nearly aborted DJ Switch when I conceived her – Mother
Mother of Ghana’s youngest DJ, DJ Switch has disclosed that she considered having an abortion while she was pregnant with her daughter.
She remorsefully said on Zylofon 102.1 FM’s Showbiz Agenda that had she known her daughter would have turned out successful, the thought will not have crossed her mind.
“I almost aborted her. I actually went ahead to purchase the drug to terminate the pregnancy but I changed my mind later on”, she said.
According to her, she realized she was with another child six months after having her first child and could not bear the stigma.
“I was the talk of town. Everybody was pointing fingers at me because I had just graduated and in less than two years, was going to be a mother of two”, she added.
However, she expressed her joy in the fact that she restrained from the act and, now her daughter is the most popular young DJ in the country.
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