2015 – ranked the 19th “Most Influential Ghanaian” by e-TV Ghana
2014 BET Awards – Best International Act: Africa (Nominated)
2012 BET Awards – Best International Act: Africa
2013 and 2015 – ranked 8th on Forbes and Channel O’s list, “Top 10 Richest/Bankable African Artistes.”
Born Michael Owusu Addo, Sarkodie, is a Ghanaian hip hop and hiplife recording artist. He has been named one of the hottest hip hop MCs in Africa by both MTV and The Guardian. Often rapping in his native language, Twi, he is one of the major proponents of the Azonto genre and dance.
Sarkodie’s career began at a very young age as an underground rapper participating in several rap battles. Eventually, he met his former manager Duncan Williams and fellow artists and associates Edem and the late Castro.
In 2009, he released his debut album and first single, “Baby” featuring Mugeez of R2Bees. It became an instant hit and made Sarkodie a household name. The watershed year in Sarkodie’s career was 2012 when his album “Rapperholic” received rave reviews and earned him his first BET nomination and subsequent win. That year, Sarkodie also featured on the BET Hip Hop Awards cypher alongside Talib Kweli, Jean Grae and Ab-Soul. He was the only African act.
His next album, Sarkology was released in 2014. Later, he released the official remix for “Adonai,” a single from that album. The remix became an instant hit across Africa, and was featured in BBC’s Capital Xtra Top 35 Afrobeats Songs.
2014 also saw the launch of Sarkodie’s own record label, Sarkcess Music. The following year, he released his fourth album, “Mary,” named after his late grandmother. The first single off that album, “Mewu,” featuring Akwaboah sold almost 4,000 copies on the first day of its release in Accra.
Sarkodie is a successful entrepreneur. In 2013, he launched his clothing line “Sark by Yas.” The label makes clothing and accessories for men, women and children. He has also launched Obidi Chief headphones and endorses a number of brands including Samsung and Tigo, the telecommunications company.
Also a philanthropist, Sarkodie launched The Sarkodie Foundation in 2013. His foundation supports underprivileged children through generous donations to orphanages such as the Royal Seed Home Orphanage in Kasoa, Accra.