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Bio of Black Sherif: From Konongo-Zongo to Global Stardom – A Journey of Ghana’s Rising Music Sensation


Mohammed Ismail Sherif Kwaku Frimpong (born 9 January 2002),professionally known as Black Sherif, formerly Blacko, is a Ghanaian singer and rapper. He initially gained popularity in 2021 with his song “First Sermon,” which he released that May. This was followed up with the “Second Sermon” in July.

His breakthrough came in March 2022 with his hit single “Kwaku the Traveller,” which reached Number 1 on the Ghanaian and Nigerian Apple Music charts. (Its music video has been viewed 17 million times.) He then released his debut album, The Villain I Never Was, on October 5, 2022.

Early life and education

Mohammed Ismail Sherif was born and raised in Konongo-Zongo, in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. As both his parents worked mostly overseas, he started living with his aunt and other extended family members at the age of 10. His nomadic lifestyle exposed him to multiple influences and different cultures at a very early age.

Sherif attended his basic education at Konongo Zongo Islamic Basic School and later at Pinamang Educational Complex, where he graduated junior high school. He then later completed his secondary education at Kumasi Academy, where he picked up an interest in music and dancing.

A former student of the University of Professional Studies (UPSA), he was studying at the University of Ghana as of October 2022.

Music Career and Breakthrough
Black Sherif began his career in 2019 with the release of his song “Cry for Me” on YouTube. His debut single “Money” was released on May 25, 2020, along with a music video. In May 2021, his single “First Sermon” was released, further increasing his audience. The song’s sequel, “Second Sermon,” was released in July and received a remix with fellow African artist Burna Boy.

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Black Sherif breakthrough came in March 2022 with his single “Kwaku the Traveller,” which reached Number 1 on the Ghanaian and Nigerian Apple Music charts and became his most popular song. He released his debut album, The Villain I Never Was, in October, supported by the singles “45” and “Soja”.

Black Sherif have worked on songs by Sarkodie, Stormzy, Amerado, DJ Breezy, Larry Gaaga and others.

Black Sherif performed at the 25th anniversary of the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards, which took place at the OVO Arena in Wembley, London. In December 2022, he hosted his debut concert, the “Mozama Disco Concert,” in Accra.

On 20 February 2023, Black Sherif won the Best Hip Hop award at the Soundcity MVP Awards, which were held at the Eko Convention Centre in Lagos. He played the Palladium Times Square in New York City on May 20.

Since March 2023 Black Sherif has performed at the Wireless Festival in Abu Dhabi,Something In The Water Festival in Virginia Beach and Afronation Miami. He is the first Ghanaian to perform at the Wireless Festival in the UK.

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Black Sherif’s music is a blend of highlife, reggae, and hip-hop, specifically UK drill, a subgenre of drill music and road rap, borrowing from the U.S. Chicago styles that originated in Brixton, London, from 2012 onwards that are often about violent and hedonistic criminal lifestyles. Many of his lyrics are in an Akan dialect, Twi, his native tongue. He has stated his musical influences are rappers Kanye West, Travis Scott, Saint Jhn, Dave, Stormzy, J Hus, and Ghanaian artists Mugeez and Sarkodie.

Awards and Honors
Here are some awards and honors received by Black Sherif

1. Emerging Music Act of the Year (2021): Black Sherif received this award at the 2021 3Music Awards, which recognized his outstanding emergence as a new artist on the Ghanaian music scene.

2. Breakthrough Act of the Year (2021): At the 4syte Music Video Awards in 2021, Black Sherif was awarded the Breakthrough Act of the Year for his contributions to the music industry.

3. Song of the Year Nomination (2021): His hit single “Second Sermon” garnered significant attention and earned him a nomination in the Song of the Year category at the 2021 Ghana Music Awards.

4. Recognition from Peers: Black Sherif’s unique style and impactful lyrics earned him recognition and praise from fellow artists and music industry professionals.



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