One of the Dancehall pioneers in Ghana, Sonni Balli, has revealed that he didn’t discover Samini, although it was through his efforts that saw the dancehall artiste come into the limelight.
According to him (Sonni Balli), he believes he didn’t discover Samini, but he was rather doing the will of God.
He made this revelation on Cape Coast-based radio station, KASTLE FM in an interview that was monitored by obcommunication.com.
Sonni Balli, therefore, recounted how he discovered Samini in Dansoman and mentored him for ace musician and music producer, Nana King.
“I was just somewhere doing my own thing with Nana King, and the rest of the crew, when I saw this young man doing something marvellous, exhibiting his skills, so I drew closer to him and guided him to do what would make him sell in the industry especially with Nana King being in the picture because as at then, that was what they wanted” he added.
However, he also added that doing music to him previously in his teen ages was like a childish play when he commenced. According to him, the situation turned out so because he was very young, hence when he was growing up, he came to learn the rudiments of the game and developed himself well.
‘In the beginning, it was like a great adventure. While we were growing up, everyone mastered his talent or a special field. However, as I said, in the beginning when I started singing, it was just like an adventure, like a child’s play, but growing in the business made us develop and became much better and that is what we are witnessing in this current era” he told host, Amansai Krakye.
He also added that starting music at the age of 17 sometimes makes people feel he is wearing out in the music industry. However, starting at the age 17 made him a household name.
Sonni Balli is a native of Cape Coast and his Fante background influenced him in his music and lyrics even to the extent that upon featuring on Mary Agyapong’s “Ade dedeede” in the early 200’s he included Elmina, a popular historic town in the Central Region in his verse.
SOURCE: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI