Sarkodie, the fourth of five children, was born in Tema.
Born as Michael Owusu Addo. He coined the name Sarkodie because his mum’s rich friends were called Sarkodie. So he thought, naming himself Sarkodie might make him rich too.
Growing up was tough for Sarkodie (listen to ‘Mile 7 saga’).
The ‘timid kid’ was living with a guardian at Achimota, far away from his parents.
“That was a crazy time, it was a horror moment”.
He was not too sociable and the only therapy he had was writing
“So if I want to talk to dad or mum and I can’t see them all I do is write”.
But then, he began listening to Reggie Rockstone and that was when he realized rapping could be his best therapy.
“I was the first person in Achimota Preparatory school to rap so I was meant to do it”
Living in a single room with 7 Kumasi friends, Sarkodie learned how to speak the Twi language fluently. He also had influencers such as Obrafour, Reggie Rockstone, Komfo Kwadei and Lord Kenya then.
Sarkodie never gave up.
He later moved from Achimota to Tema where his music career started taking shape.
He rap from here and there, grabbing every little opportunity.
“I was desperate to rap but not to come out; I just wanted any chance to rap. I even did a rap at someone’s wake-keeping with a dead body there”.
Sarkodie then realized the monetary aspect of rapping and decided to turn it into a profession.
He started pursuing his dream through freestyle rap shows conquering every rapper on Adom FM named ‘Kasahare Level’ hosted by Dr. Duncan who realized his potential and decided to manage him.
Through some friends, Sarkodie met Hammer of the ‘Last Two‘, an established record producer.
Hammer decided to feature Sarkodie on two songs off the ‘Volta Regime Album‘ after being impressed with his rap flows.
Sarkodie received public attention due to his unique fast-tempo style of rapping.
After this exposure, Sarkodie recorded his debut album ‘Makye’ in 2009.
His first single ‘Baby’, featuring Mugeez of R2Bees, became an instant hit and made Sarkodie a household name within the Ghanaian music industry.
Since then, the awards and recognition started flowing. He won Artist of the year at the Ghana Music Awards among several others in 2010 and 2012.
Also in 2012, he grabbed the very prestigious BET Awards as the Best International Act – Africa, becoming the first Ghanaian Artist to win it.
Sarkodie has won over 70 awards, both local and international.
He was ranked 8th on Forbes and Channel O’s 2013 and 2015 lists of the Top 10 Richest African Artistes.
He performed on the same stage with Ludacris, Miguel, Movado, T-Pain and Trey Songz.
Sarkodie is a Household name in African music and loved by music lovers across the continent…even those who don’t understand his Twi raps.
“You can only succeed and be happy if you get to discover the secrets of life which happen to be very simple but so hard to practice”