Born Michael Owusu Addo, also known as Sarkodie, is Ghanaian hip-hop and hiplife recording artist. He is also an entrepreneur from Tema. Sarkodie was born on the 10th July 1988 in Ghana. He is recognized as the fastest rapper in Africa. He won many music-related awards such as the Best International Act award (Africa category) at the BET Awards in 2012. He was also nominated for the same category in 2014 during the BET Awards. In 2015, e.tv Ghana ranked him as the 19th most influential Ghanaian.
Sarkodie Rapper profile
Born: 10th July 1985
Age: 33 years
Origin: Tema, Ghana
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Musician, Enterprenuer
Famous for: Hip-hop rapping and recoding
Net worth: $7.5 million
Sarkodie Rapper biography
The question ‘who is Sarkodie' and how old is he?' or ‘why is he famous?' are so prevalent in Ghana and others parts of the world. This is because Sarkodie is considered as the fastest rapper in Africa. He is also the first Ghanian who managed to win the BET Award for the best International Act. He is considered as the leading music artist in Ghana. Sarkodie was born on July 10, 1985, so Sarkodie age is currently 33 years old. Sarkodie hometown is Tema. He is very talented and gifted. He was born in a family of five children. He started rapping while still young; he continued rapping until he finished schooling. He has achieved a lot so far. The achievements have been associated with his name in the music industry. Most Ghanaians recognize him as the best hip hop and hip life artist in the country and Africa. Many Ghanaians believe that he is the one that brought the Azonto dance and genre back to life in the world.
So just where did Sarkodie go to school. Many people are eager to know where Sarkodie schooled. Sarkodie began rapping when he was four years old. He practiced rapping throughout his education. Sarkodie started and completed his primary level in Tema, Ghana where he obtained the first Leaving Certificate.
After completing his primary level education, he joined Tema Methodist High School, from where he obtained his Senior School Certificate. He also got his degree in Graphics and Design from IPMC.
In Ghana music, Sarkodie has made it through because of his clever, freestyle and quick rapping which is always done in a native language (Twi). He began pursuing his dream by rapping and freestyling on a rap show that was being held on Adom 106.3 FM named 'Kasahare Level' by Duncan Williams, the host.
He gradually rose to be the best rapper in his hometown, Tema. Through the show, he managed to meet his manager who was at the time the host of the show. Also, during the show, he managed to meet with the top musicians in Ghana such as Edward Nana Poku Osei (Hammer), Edem and Castro.
Hammer decided to feature Sarkodie in his song known as'You Dey Craze.' The track captured the attention of many youths. It remained in the lips of the youth until Sarkodie released his own first track 'Baby'. This track was a hit in GhanaSarkodie, which made Sarkodie a household name in the music industry. He is currently working with Sarkcess Music label and Duncwills Entertainment.
Between 2009 and 2012
After defeating other rappers at Kasahare Level, rap competition, Sarkodie signed an agreement with Duncwills Entertainment. In 2009, he released an album called Makye ,which featured Kwaw Kese, Sway, J-Town, and Paedae. There were positive reviews associated with the album from fans and critics. The album was launched at Accra Mall, and follow-up concerts took place at Holy City Gardens. In 2010, his songs "Baby" and "Push" were ranked thirteenth and ninth respectively on Joy Fm’s Top 50 songs. In 2011, he released “Good Bye”, which also received some positive reviews. In 2012, he launched the Rapperholic album. This album featured guests from Chidynma, Mugeez of R2Bees, Efya, Obrafour, Jayso, EL and many more.
Between 2013 and 2014
In 2013, Sarkodie released a remix of the 2011 track "You Go Kill Me." The remix was ranked as number one by various people in Ghana. The launch of the remix was performed at Accra Sports Stadium, and it featured guests such as AKA, Tiwa Savage, Fuse ODG, Davido, Banky W, 2 Face Idibia, and Joey B. He also released a remix for “Adonai, which became an instant in the whole of Africa.
In 2014, Sarkodie launched his record label, and he premiered a video for "Adonai. In the same year, he also partnered with Lola Rae, Mi Casa, Davido, Tiwa Savage, and Diamond Platnumz on a song for DSTV's Africa which was meant to encourage all Africans to take part in community-based investments.
Sarkodie announced the release of an album known as "Mary."
Between 2016 and 2017
Sarkodie spoke to Harvard Business School students with the aim of educating them concerning the challenges of being a musician.
Between 2017 and 2018
Sarkodie campaigned for a sustainable growth and development of the economy which can be achieved through safe and good conditions so as to bring out the best among the youth.
After the death of Sarkodie's friend on February 8 this year in a road accident, Sarkodie started preaching to the public against road accidents and how to avoid them.
Concerning business career, Sarkodie is a successful entrepreneur as he is an owner of a clothing line known as "Sark by Yas," which has accessories for children, women, and men. In 2012, he was recognized as a Brand Ambassador of Samsung Electronics. During the event, he unveiled the Chief Hero Phones and Samsung Galaxy Pocket. Currently, Sarkodie has partnered with Tigo Telecommunications Ghana.
The name of Sarkodie mother is Emma Maame Aggrey. We do know very little about his dad, but he is alive. His family was a musical one. This is because his mother is a singer and his father admired Michael Jackson. This is why Sarkodie was called Michael. His father has a second wife because he often goes to visit his father and half-brother, and they take pictures together. His father had two wealthy friends by the name ‘Sarkodie.' He, therefore, linked his name to wealth.
Sarkodie is living with her long-time girlfriend by the name Tracy. The two started dating before Sarkodie stormed the music industry. Together, they have had a beautiful daughter by the name Adalyn. Everyone is expecting the two to tie the knot very soon.
Sarkodie latest songs
The top ten songs of Sarkodie are:
- U Go Kill Me (feat. E.L)
- Pon Di Ting feat. Banky W
- Special Someone feat. Burna Boy & AKA
- Down On One feat. Fuse ODG
- Adonai feat. Castro
- Gunshot feat. Davido
- New Guy feat. Ace Hood
Sarkodie net worth
Sarkodie is the richest musician in Ghana. He has been placed among the ten richest musicians in Africa according to Forbes just like D’banj, P-square, Nigerians Don Jazzy, Senegalese musician Akon, and Wizkid. Currently, he is one of the most influential musicians in Ghana. His networth, which is about $7.5 million has put him among the richest musicians in Ghana. He is not only a musician but an entrepreneur. He is also a philanthropist who through his hard work managed to climb the ladder of riches and comfort in the music industry. His famous hanging line earns a lot of income and revenue for him which enabled him to grow his wealth.
Sarkodie has been considered as a mindful celebrity because he does not invest in less important things. He spends his cash wisely, which is evidenced by a mansion at Ashalley Botwe, Ghana. On one of the social media posts, he is seen celebrating in a Sarkodie's mansion.
Sarkodie also owns a house in the UK, which is more mouth-watering than the one in Ghana. Rumors say that the worth of the house is $250,000. Most of the properties of the rapper are not pictured. Therefore, his worth might be a surprise to many if all his properties are pictured.
Sarkodie owns a Range Rover that costs a fortune, proving that his pocket is too full. Before buying the Range Rover, he had a Toyota Matrix which he sold to buy the big machine. He is among the few people in Ghana who are driving a Range Rover. The Range Rover is rarely seen on the streets but whenever it goes out, it catches the attention of all people.
In addition to the Range Rover, Sarkodie also owns a Bugatti. A Bugatti is not an everyday car for many people. Investigations show that the top 1% of people in a society who have a wealth of multiple figures own the machine. The car puts Sarkodie within the 1%. His money deals enable him to buy and maintain a Bugatti.
The worth of Sarkodie house and car shows that he earns good money from music. This is an encouragement to the youths to use their talents well.
In 2010, he took an award for Ghana best Artist award of the year. The award-winning was facilitated by the release of the debut studio album. In 2012 and 2014, Sarkodie won BET Awards. The "Illuminati" song was a hit in the world in 2012 which made him win the BET Award. In 2014, he was nominated for the BET Award including other artists such as Diamond Platinumz, AKA, Sauti Sol, Fally Ipupa, Yemi Alade, and Casper Nyovest. The award was contested by other musicians such as Wizkid, P square duo, Ice Prince, and D’Banj.
The rapper won an award in 2013 for the Best West African Act in the African and American Nations Music Awards. The award featured some top artists, which was a big deal for him.
2015 saw him walk with a prize associated with the best collaboration of the year after releasing the song "Adonai." In 2015, he also won a Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards
In 2016, Sarkodie won the EMY Awards as he was considered as the best entertainer during that year. The award encourages leadership skills that focus on achievement and at the same time challenging the youths to focus on greatness. The award made him great just like dancehall sensation Shatta Wale, poet Chief Moomen, Djetey Anang, and Kalybos.
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Sarkodie latest news
On many occasions, Sarkodie has been accused of being a member of Illuminati, a secret society. The rumors are as a result of the controversial display of Illuminati symbols and signs in most of his songs. For example, at the Apollo Theatre, New York, he used slides that reflected the "all-seeing eye" symbol often used by the group.
The rumors made him release a song known as Illuminati to make people understand that he is not a member of Illuminati. Some people are claiming that his riches and wealth are not only earned through music but from the Illuminati group.
Choice of ladies
Most recently, Sarkodie revealed in an interview that he is attracted to women wearing shades or glasses. According to him, such women are serious-minded individuals who are determined to get what they want.
Sarkodie and Tracy got married in a traditional wedding on the 17th of July, 2018 at Tema. They are now husband and wife. Sarkodie made sure that pictures were not taken during the ceremony. His manager made sure that no one entered the wedding with a phone to discourage them from taking photos. However, somehow pictures were leaked and got out.