Hip Hop Awards 2023: Black Sherif Wins ‘Best International Flow’ Award

Here are five things to know about the Ghanaian artist.

In the vast panorama of African music, which has historically contributed an immense variety of sounds, rhythms, and talents to the global soundscape, one name that has risen to prominence in recent years is Black Sherif. And at this year's BET Hip Hop Awards 2023, he took home the award for "Best International Flow." 

"I saw this in my sleep every night. I started making music four years ago in a small city in Ghana called Konongo-Zongo, and there was no way nobody wasn't going to convince me that I wouldn't be here and that my music wasn't going to go global," Black Sherif said. "Remember you are kings and queens back home. Come by home," he continued. 

If you're unfamiliar with Black Sherif, sit and find out more about this talented artist.

  • Brief Background

    Black Sherif

    Originating from Ghana, Black Sherif, often known as "Blacko", is one of the young talents making significant waves in the music industry. Ghana, a country already known for its rich musical traditions ranging from highlife and hiplife to gospel and reggae-dancehall, now celebrates the emergence of this fresh voice that seamlessly blends various genres.

  • Distinctive Musical Style

    What sets Black Sherif apart is his ability to fuse traditional Ghanaian sounds with contemporary Afrobeats, hip-hop, and trap music. This mix, combined with his poignant lyrics—often touching on the struggles of youth, aspirations, and life's challenges—resonates deeply with a broad audience. His songs aren't just tunes; they are anthems that speak to the hearts of the youth, both in Ghana and the wider African continent.

  • Notable Tracks

    Tracks like "First Sermon" and "Second Sermon" have garnered significant attention, not just on local radio stations, but also on international platforms. These songs, with their catchy hooks and compelling narratives, demonstrate the artist's depth and potential.

  • Rapid Rise to Fame

    Despite being a relatively new entrant into the music scene, Black Sherif's meteoric rise can be attributed to his genuine connection with fans, his raw portrayal of life, and his dedication to his craft. Social media platforms, particularly YouTube and Twitter, have played a significant role in his ascent, with many of his tracks going viral and gaining millions of views.

  • 2nd Nomination - 1st Win

    Black Sherif isn't new to the BET stage. Last year, he was also nominated for "Best International Flow," but didn't win. Congrats to being nominated again and making his fans proud!

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