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Black Sherif

Black Sherif

Mohammed Ismail Sharrif professionally known as Black Sherif is a Ghanaian singer and rapper.

2002

Birth of Black Sherif
09 January 2002

Birth of Black Sherif

Black Sherif was born on January 9, 2002 in Konongo

2016

Early life and education
26 June 2016

Early life and education

Mohammed Ismail Sharrif was born and raised in Konongo-Zongo, Ghana. Due to his parents working overseas, he lived with his extended family from a young age, exposing him to diverse cultures. He attended Konongo Zongo Islamic Basic School and Pinamang Educational Complex for his basic education, and later developed an interest in music and dancing while studying at Kumasi Academy. Sharrif was a former student of the University of Professional Studies (UPSA) and was pursuing his studies at the University of Ghana as of October 2022.

2019

Career
26 June 2019

Career

Black Sherif kickstarted his career in 2019 with the release of "Cry for Me" on YouTube, followed by his debut single "Money" in May 2020. His audience grew with the release of "First Sermon" in May 2021 and its sequel, "Second Sermon," featuring a remix with Burna Boy. He achieved a breakthrough with "Kwaku the Traveller" in March 2022, which became his most popular song, and released his debut album, "The Villain I Never Was." Black Sherif performed at the MOBO Awards, hosted his own concert, won the Best Hip Hop award at the Soundcity MVP Awards, and has since performed at notable festivals like the Wireless Festival, Something In The Water Festival, and Afronation Miami.

2022

Controversies
11 April 2022

Controversies

Black Sherif faced a lawsuit for breach of contract, but the Accra High Court dismissed the injunction filed against him, allowing him to continue performing music released under his previous management.

2023

Artistry
26 June 2023

Artistry

Black Sherif's music combines elements of highlife, reggae, and hip-hop, including UK drill and road rap, drawing inspiration from artists like Kanye West, Travis Scott, Saint Jhn, Dave, Stormzy, J Hus, Mugeez, and Sarkodie, with lyrics often in the Akan dialect, Twi.

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