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Sarkodie

Sarkodie

This is a timeline of the humble beginnings of Ghanaian rapper Sarkodie

1985

Early Life
10 July 1985

Early Life

Born Michael Owusu Addo on July 10, 1985, in Tema, Ghana, Sarkodie developed a passion for music at a young age. Influenced by various genres, including highlife, hiplife, and rap, he began writing lyrics and honing his rap skills while still in secondary school. He attended Tema Methodist Day Senior High School and furthered his education at IPMC for a degree in graphic design.

1990

Rocky Childhood
23 June 1990

Rocky Childhood

In his early years, Sarkodie experienced a challenging family situation where his father separated him from his mother and entrusted his care to an aunt who unfortunately subjected him to mistreatment. In the face of adversity, Sarkodie found solace and strength by channeling his emotions into imaginary letters addressed to his mother. Little did he know that this coping mechanism would lay the foundation for his remarkable journey in the world of music.


2009

Breakthrough and Stardom
23 June 2009

Breakthrough and Stardom

Recognizing his talent, Sarkodie pursued his dream of becoming a rapper, gradually gaining recognition through freestyle battles and local performances. Sarkodie made his mark in the music scene when he joined the renowned rap competition Kasahare Level, hosted by Adom FM. His exceptional rap flow caught the attention of his future manager, Duncan Williams, who eagerly took on the role of guiding his career.

2009

 Volta Regime album
27 October 2009

Volta Regime album

During this time, Sarkodie also had the opportunity to collaborate with Hammer of The Last Two, a highly regarded record producer. Together, they created two tracks that was featured on his Volta Regime album.

2009

Makye
26 November 2009

Makye

Sarkodie released his debut album, "Makye" in 2009. He featured music acts like Kwaw Kese, J-Town and R2Bees. His distinctive rap style, infused with witty wordplay, storytelling, and social commentary, resonated with fans and earned him a dedicated following.

2020

Impact and Influence
23 January 2020

Impact and Influence

Beyond his personal achievements, Sarkodie's impact on the Ghanaian music industry is immeasurable. He has played a pivotal role in popularizing and elevating Ghanaian rap, showcasing the richness and diversity of the country's musical heritage to a global audience. Sarkodie's success has also inspired a new generation of Ghanaian artists, encouraging them to embrace their cultural identity and pursue their artistic aspirations.

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