Samini is living in past glory -Arnold Asamoah - Baidoo
Popular entertainment pundit, Arnold Asamoah-Baidoo says award winning Dancehall artiste, Samini is living in past glory and should be circumspect in his comments about reigning artistes who are presently holding the fort.
In an article in his column titled, “Talk less and put in the work,Samini”, and published in Graphic Showbiz on Thursday, September 21, Arnold said it was confusing listening to Samini talk in recent interviews since one wasn’t sure if he was just being boastful, trying feverishly to make the headlines or he actually means whatever he has been saying.
In one of his recent interviews with Berla Mundi on TV3, the Linda hitmaker confidently asserted that when it came to hit songs, none of the ‘big’ artistes, namely Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, will beat his hit track, 'My Own', which was released six years ago.
He wrote: “Yes, Samini has really achieved a lot but to still gloat about such in this age when those who came after you have equally made enormous gains and have surpassed those achievements is something else. You need to humble yourself and know your place and be appreciative of how far the others have come.
“The fact is; Samini still believes he is the Samini of 2006 who won a MOBO. He talks with such swagger as though he is still the Samini that won the MTV Award in 2009 or that guy who won the Headies in 2011. So, he speaks in 2023 and refers to the likes of Sarkodie, Stonebwoy and Shatta Wale as kids. Slow your roll, boss!
“In one of his recent interviews with Berla Mundi on TV3, he confidently asserted that when it comes to hit songs, none of the ‘big’ artistes, namely Sarkodie, Shatta Wale, Stonebwoy, surpass his hit track, 'My Own', which was released six years ago.
“Samini is really telling the rest of the world that, in the last six years, none of these artistes, who have dominated the scene in the best form possible, – did not produce any song that was/is bigger than his song? Ridiculous!
“Let’s assume the Vodafone Ghana Music Awards (VGMA) is a true testament of the performance of songs and artistes in terms of popularity and audience appeal in the year under review and Samini’s My Own’ was in contention for the 2018 edition. His song could only make it to the Reggae/Dancehall Song of the Year category and couldn’t even make it to the Song of the Year slot.
“The following songs were, according to the metrics of the VGMA, more popular than My Own: Ebony’s Sponsor, KiDi’s Odo, Kuami Eugene’s Angela, Shatta Wale’s Taking Over, Fancy Gadam’s Total Cheat, Wutah’s Bronya, Sarkodie’s Painkiller, King Promise’s Oh Yeah, Magnom’s My Baby, Captain Planet’s Obi Agyi Obi Girl, Joe Mettle’s Bo No Nii and guess what, Patapaa’s One Corner”.
Arnold conceded that Samini was still a force to reckon with but his dominance had dipped adding, “ no relevant shows in the past years, no hit songs in the last years and no critical mention all these years-yet he sits there thinking the Samini of 2010 is still that guy in 2023. Get real, brother!”