Michael Owusu Addo, known by his stage name Sarkodie, is a Ghanaian hip hop recording artist and entrepreneur from Tema.He won the Best International Act: At the 2012 BET Awards, Sarkodie became the first Ghanaian artist to win the Best International Act: Africa accolade. He was nominated for the same award in 2014 and 2015. Rapperholic, his second studio album, was the recipient of 3 Ghana Music Awards from 12 nominations.In 2013, Lynx TV ranked him 1st on its list of the “Top 10 Ghanaian Rappers of All Time”.
In 2015, Sarkodie was ranked the 19th most Influential Ghanaian by e.tv Ghana.He is considered one of the major proponents of the Azonto genre and dance. Sarkodie is often named as one of Africa’s greatest hip hop artists.
MTV Base ranked him 6th on its list of the Hottest African MC’s in 2014.
In 2015, AfricaRanking.com ranked him 3rd on its list of the “Top 10 African Rappers of 2015″n 2015, The Guardian listed him as one of its top five hip hop acts on the African continent.
Recognition and musical style
Sarkodie often raps in his native language Twi, and is considered a “multifaceted rapper” due to the various musical styles he possess. He was ranked 8th on Forbes and Channel O’s 2013 and 2015 lists of the Top 10 Richest/Bankable African Artistes.Sarkodie has had the privilege of performing on the same stage with international musicians such as T-Pain, Miguel, Movado, Trey Songz,and Ludacris. He has a large fan base in Africa, and is considered one of the most celebrated musical icons to hail from Ghana.
Business career and endorsements
Sarkodie owns “Sark by Yas” clothing line, which was launched on April 27, 2013.The clothing line has accessories for men, women and children.n 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.
Sarkodie also launched the Obidi Chief headphones.In 2013, he signed an endorsement deal with FanMilk Ghana.Sarkodie is currently in partnership with Tigo Telecommunications Ghana, a brand that sponsored the 2013 Rapperholic tour.
World tours and notable performances
In August 2012, Sarkodie kicked off his tour in the United States. He performed in several different cities and states, including New York City, Ohio, New Jersey, Maryland, Atlanta, Chicago, Texas and Massachusetts.After releasing his Rapperholic album, Sarkodie performed in five different regions in Ghana as part of his Rapperholic nationwide tour. On 7 July 2012, Sarkodie kicked off his tour of Canada.On 27 August 2012, Sarkodie performed at the Africa Unplugged Music Festival, which was held at the Wembley Arena in London. He performed alongside R2Bees, Fally Ipupa and Iyanya.
In 2012, Sarkodie joined Ludacris on stage at the 020 live concert to perform the remix of the latter’s 2009 single “How Low“On 7 June 2014, Sarkodie joined Miguel on stage to perform the latter’s single “How Many Drinks?“, at the MTV Africa Music Awards
On 8 August 2015, Sarkodie performed at the Sarkodie History In The Making concert, which was held at New York City‘s iconic Apollo Theatre. The sold out concert was supported by EL, Kwaw Kese, Banky W., The Composers, Bisa Kdei and John Dumelo, among others.Sarkodie has also performed in several African countries, including Nigeria, South Africa, Gabon, Kenya, Benin and Liberia. On 10 October 2015, Sarkodie started his European tour in Modena, Italy.
As part of the tour, Sarkodie performed four times in Paris. He also performed in Bordeaux, France, as well as in Frankfurt and Dortmund.
Sarkodie’s fifth studio album, Highest, was released on September 8, 2017. It comprises 19 songs, including 3 interludes and a bonus track.
He released through Sarkcess Music and Dice Recordings, the album features guest appearances from Jesse Jagz, Moelogo, Flavour, Korede Bello, Victoria Kimani and Big Narstie. Highest was primarily produced by Jayso, with additional production from Masterkraft, TSpize, Ced Solo, Nova and Guilty Beatz.
After being the greatest and highest,what’s left for a man to seek if not wisdom.
At this point in my life all I seek is wisdom ➕ pic.twitter.com/NtfZSQ2rS5
— Sarkodie (@sarkodie) January 11, 2018