Emmanuel Andrews Samini (born in Accra, Ghana), known by his stage name Samini (formerly as Batman Samini), is a Ghanaian Reggae and Dancehall recording artiste from Wa, Ghana. His genre of music is a melodious mixture ofhighlife, dancehall, reggae and hip-hop. He terms his brand of music as the “African dancehall”. He signed his first record deal with Ashanti International. Samini started his own record label (High Grade Family) after he left the aforementioned label.
Samini has released Six studio albums, with all being highly successful on the commercial market. Samini’s success and recognition began when his first single, Linda, was released and subsequently appearing on other successful singles by other artistes.
He started singing in a church choir at the age of 14, and became a professional musician after a musical collaboration with another musician in 1999. His debut studio album, Dankwasere, was released in 2004; it topped the local music charts for weeks and won two awards at the Ghana Music Awards. The album was supported by the single “Linda”. He has performed alongside Sean Paul, Akon, Kevin Little, Shaggy, Wayne Wonder,Damian Marley, Bennie Man, Jay-Z, Chaka Demus & Pliers, Culture (of Blessed Memory) and Steel Pulse. He collaborated with Steel Pulse and Etana from Jamaica. He has received international recognition and toured the UK, Germany, Italy, Canada, and the Netherlands.
He received international recognition when he won the “Best African Act” at the 2006 MOBO Awards. After releasing his second self-titled studio album, Samini, he won three awards at the 2007 Ghana Music Awards. In February 2008, He won the “African Artiste of the Year” award at The Headies.His third studio album, Dagaati, was released in 2008.