Mohammed Ismail Sherif, the fast-rising Ghanaian singer better known as Black Sherif, has released ‘The Villain I Never Was’, his debut album.
The body of the work contains 14 tracks, including ‘Soja’, ‘Kwaku The Traveler’, ‘The Homeless Song’, ‘Oil In My Head’, ’45’ and ‘Prey Da Youngsta’.
Others are ‘Sad Boys Don’t Fold’, ‘Konongo Zongo’, ‘Wasteman’, ‘We Up’, ‘Toxic Love City’, ‘Don’t Forget Me’, ‘Oh Paradise’ and ‘Second Sermon’ with Chico Burna.
In ‘Oh Paradise’, the Ghanaian talks about the agonizing pain of losing his late girlfriend.
“The direct inspiration is from my late girlfriend, who was my first girlfriend in high school. She died on December 5, 2017. I did this before all the other songs on the tape,” she said.
“Writing ‘Oh Paradise,’ I was very frustrated. I was empty. And when the beat started, I was like, ‘How I feel right now, I think this is the time to make a song for this girl, Tina, tell her to be my angel.’ i love to turn [deceased] people in my life to the angels.
“So, in the chorus, I say to her, ‘Tell me what it’s like in paradise,’ because I think she’s there. ‘Tell me what she’s like in paradise, and when you’re there, don’t forget I’m home. Ask for blessings for me, because at this moment many things are happening in me. I’m going through things.
“Ask for blessings for me.” Think of me, worry about me, don’t lose that care. All the plans I shared with you, don’t forget them.”
The completed project details Sherif’s introspection and life expectancies.
He also remembers the difficult times of the past and the glorious future that he cannot afford to lose.
El ‘Viajero’ examines diverse and contradictory themes such as gangsterism and love; poverty and wealth; restlessness and the desire for peace.
“The first thing I will say, [the energy] is 100… but I was more introspective on this album. I dug deeper, talked about my perspectives on love and things and my experiences. I talked about my external battles, internal battles, how I manage and how I’m doing,” he said while speaking on Apple Music Africa Now Radio shortly after the album’s release.
“I really need to get to know myself and explore everything about myself before I can start sharing it with people to help me tell my story. Music for me has always been very personal, like a safe haven for me to talk about my insecurities, things I can’t say outside, so to have someone on a record with me, I feel like they can’t help me tell it. my story.”
He began to carry the weight of fame in Ghana after succeeding with ‘First Sermon’ and ‘Second Sermon’, his hit singles.
Sherif became a viral sensation in Nigeria and other African countries after releasing ‘Kwaku The Traveller’ with Burna Boy.
TheCable Lifestyle had described him as the “attention-grabbing Ghanaian singer” with a plethora of hit singles that resonate beyond Ghana and as far as Nigeria, the world’s most populous black nation.
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