Sarkodie: (Biography & Facts) All You Need To Know About
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Michael Owusu Addo better known by his stage name Sarkodie is a Team-based Ghanaian rapper and entrepreneur. He has undoubtedly contributions to the Ghanaian music industry have earned him numerous accolades, including the Vodafone Ghana Music Award for “Artiste of the Decade”.
Sarkodie attained the first BET’s Best International Flow artist award at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards. He is also deemed as one of the major champions of the Azonto genre and dance and one of the most successful African rappers of all time.
Early life and Career
Raised in Koforidua before his parents moved to Tema where he started schooling. He attended Tema Methodist Day Senior High School and proceeded to IPMC, where he earned a degree in graphic design.
Sarkodie began his music career as an underground rapper, participating in Adom FM’s popular rap competition Kasahare Level.
He met his former manager Duncan Williams of Duncwills Entertainment while participating in the aforementioned competition. He also met musicians Edem and Castro, who introduced him to Hammer of The Last Two, an established record producer. Impressed by his rap flows, Hammer allowed Sarkodie to record two tracks for Edems maiden album Volta Regime.
Sarkodie, the fourth of five children was born on July 10, 1988. The Ghanaian all-time rapper is 36 years of age.
He was born in Koforidua and raised in the Harbour City known as Tema by his mum, Emma Maame Aggrey, and father Augustine Owusu Addo.
Sarkodie married Tracy Owusu Addo in a private wedding ceremony held in Tema, Ghana on 17 July 2018. They have two kids; a daughter, Adalyn Owusu Addo, and a son; named Micheal Nana Yaw Owusu Addo Jnr. after the famous rapper.
Sarkodie often raps in his native language Twi, a Ghanaian Language, and is considered a “multifaceted rapper” due to the various musical styles he possesses. Sarkodie is considered one of Africa’s greatest hip-hop artists.
MTV Base ranked him sixth on its list of the Hottest African MCs in 2014. Lynx TV placed him first among the “Top 10 Ghanaian Rappers of All Time” in 2013.
He also gained recognition as third on AfricaRanking.com’s list of the “Top 10 African Rappers of 2015” in 2015. Sarkodie became one of the top five hip-hop acts on the African continent by The Guardian in 2015.
He was ranked 8th on Forbes and Channel O’s 2013 and 2015 list of the Top 10 Richest/Bankable African Artistes. In 2020, he won “Artiste of the Year” during the Ghana Music Awards USA (GMA USA).
Sarkodie’s Contribution to his Country
Sarkodie launched The Sarkodie Foundation on July 13, 2013, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting underprivileged children. He has also made generous donations to the Royal Seed Home Orphanage in Kasoa.
On December 25, 2014, The Foundation embarked on a feed the kids’ campaign in Tema, Ghana, where they provided thousands of kids with bags of rice, yogurt, and beverage cans.
They also gave away school bags, water bottles, hats, and other items. Roshi Motman, the CEO of Tigo Telecommunications, was also in attendance to support the campaign.
Business Career and Endorsements
Sarkodie owns the Sark by Yas clothing line, which was launched on April 27, 2013. The clothing line has accessories for men, women, and children. In 2012, he was officially unveiled as the Brand Ambassador for Samsung Electronics at the University of Ghana, Legon.
As part of the event, Samsung unveiled the Samsung Galaxy Pocket and Chief Hero Phones that had customized wallpapers of Sarkodie and his signature; users had the opportunity to download exclusive tracks of Sarkodie.
Sark also launched the Obidi Chief headphones and signed an endorsement deal with FanMilk Ghana in 2013. Sarkodie is currently in partnership with Tigo Telecommunications Ghana, a brand that sponsored his 2013 Rapperholic tour.
Sarkodie also has endorsement deals with Standard Chartered Bank – a leading banking firm in Africa as well as Guinness Ghana Limited for their Malt drink product. On 30 October 2019, he was appointed as an ambassador for the Year of Return campaign; the honor was conferred on him at the Creative Arts Industry Forum.
Sarkodie together with his daughter featured in the #BrushWithMe campaign ad for Ghana’s leading toothpaste brand, Pepsodent Ghana, in March 2021.
The campaign aimed to persuade parents and guardians to begin and encourage their children to wash their teeth every day and night.
Sarkodie has released over 1,000 songs. Nevertheless, the Ghanaian rapper is the God of hits song.
- Makye (2009)
- Rapperholic (2012)
- Sarkology (2014)
- Highest (2017)
- Black Love Album – Black Love (Sarkodie album) (2019)
- No pressure – (2021)
2009–2012: Makye and Rapperholic
Following his collaboration with Hammer, Sarkodie recorded his debut album Makye. Killbeatz and Jayso were in charge of the majority of the production. The album features guest appearances from Kwaw Kese, J-Town, Sway, and Paedae of R2Bees.
2013–2014: Sarkology, Sarkcess Music and Africa Rising Campaign
On October 30, 2013, Sarkodie released the official remix of “You Go Kill Me”. The song peaked at number 1 on various charts in Ghana. Its remix features vocals from Wizkid, Ice Prince, Navio, and EL. In January 2014, Sarkodie released his third studio album Sarkology.
2015–2018: Mary and Highest
On 12 September 2015, Sarkodie released Mary, a live album named after his grandmother who died in 2012.
2021: No Pressure Album
Sark released the album, No Pressure, on 30th July 2021. The album features Wale, Vic Mensa, Giggs, Cassper Nyovest, Harmonize, Oxlade, Kwesi Arthur, Darko Vibes, Medikal, and MOGmusic.
Live albums and EPs
- Mary (2015)
- Alpha (2019)
- T.M.G (with Jayso) (2013)
Sarkodie Awards and nominations
Ghanaian rapper and hiplife artist Sarkodie has received 107 awards from 191 nominations, including 25 Ghana Music Awards. Makye, his debut studio album, won him three awards at both the 4syte TV Music Video Awards and Ghana Music Awards.
Some of these awards include;
- Winning Best International Flow BET Hip Hop Awards 2019;
- Best International Act: Africa BET awards 2012;
- Best Entertainer EMY awards 2016;
- He also won Best African Act Daf BAMA Awards 2017;
- Best Virtual Showcase/Concert International Reggae
- And World Music Awards 2021 and also countless others.
To know more about his awards visit Sarkodie’s List Of Awards.
Sarkodie Net Worth
Sarkodie’s net worth is $15 million, making him Ghana’s richest singer and one of Africa’s wealthiest celebrities.
Who is the richest Sarkodie and Shatta Wale?
Although there have been lots of arguments as to who is the richest musician between Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, Samini, and Sarkodie. Sarkodie is the wealthiest Artiest in Ghana. He has a net worth of $15 million as against that of Shatta wale which is $12 million
Is Sarkodie the best rapper in Africa?
According to Hip-hop Africa, Sarkodie is the best rapper in Africa hence he is among the top 100 rappers in the world.
King Sark won the very first winner of BET’s Best International Flow act at the 2019 BET Hip Hop Awards.