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Samini launches 3rd album.

By James Harry Obeng

 

REFERRED to as ‘The Dancehall Stopper’, Batman Samini, the 2006 Ghana Music Awards (GMA) Artiste of the Year recipient, is relishing taking the local music industry onto the international stage as he once more fires his artistry shot; “Gboie”.

 

The artiste, who won the MOBO Award for the Best African Act in 2006, has launched his third album in a fashion uncharacteristic of local music talents and which indeed underlines his mettle and versatility as a consummated hip-life genius.

 

The new album, titled ‘Dagaati’, is a 21-track masterpiece culminating from 28 months of studio work which, according to Samini, is not only envisioned to catapult the  local music industry onto the international scene, but also themed on ensuring a peaceful election, come December 7.

 

Featuring collaborations with international musicians, including Steel Plus from the UK, Eterna from Jamaica, Faze, Sway, Nameless and a production by UK-based sound engineer Ritchie Pitch, just to mention only but a few, the new album promises to give music-loving Ghanaians nothing less of the best.

 

 In a rich tapestry of R&B, hiplife, raga and reggae tunes, the album encompasses such tracks as “Yen sa” (let’s dance) featuring Kwaisy Pee, Agoro featuring Sway, Sweet Girls featuring Nameless, Movement, My kind of girl, Where my baby dey, and the title track Dagaati, which is currently receiving major airplay around the country, among many smasher tracks.

 

In an interview with the Spectator after a brief but impressive press launch at the Alisa Hotel in Accra last Wednesday, Samini said the concept behind the new album was to drive the masses to know and appreciate their roots.

 

“You should always remember your roots, where you are coming from to know where you are going”, he quipped.

 

He added that the album was also a wake-up call for Ghanaians, particularly “my own people in Northern Ghana”, to focus on ensuring a peaceful general elections, this year, rather than being exploited by some disgruntled politicians in perpetuating violence.

 

“Elections are never about disturbances, so let’s all focus on what will bring about peaceful elections”, he said, adding that “Ghana is all we have, we need to protect her”.

 

He however called on Ghanaians, especially the youth, to refrain from activities that have the potential to threaten the political equilibrium characterizing the country’s democratic dispensation and rather work to consolidate it.

 

Born Emmanuel Andrew Samini, at Dansoman in Accra, Batman Samini released his first album, ‘Dankwansere”, in 2004, having earlier featured on Kokoveli’s “Zaa-za” and K.K Fosu’s “Suudwe”.

 

With his distinctively pervasive style of registering his presence anywhere he finds himself done by shouting ‘Gboie’, Batman Samini was soon to become a household name as he cruised to stardom following  his second album, which he titled ‘Samini’, meaning ‘Rain god’ in his native Dagaati tongue.

 

He is currently the face of communication giant MTN, aside an enviable catalogue of domestic and international awards; MOBO Award for Best African Act (2006), Ghana Music Awards (GMA) Artiste of the Year (2006), Best African Artiste at Nigeria’s Hip Hop World Awards (2008).

 

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November 28, 2008 - Posted by | News

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