Amina Buddafly was born Aminata Schmahl in Hamburg to a German mother and Senegalese father. Amina formed the R&B group Black Buddafly with her older sister, Sophie, and twin sister, Safietou, where she served as lead vocalist. The trio signed their first record deal in 1997 with BMG Germany and released their first single "Choyce." The group came to New York in 2002 to pursue their music in America.
The R&B songstress has since dabbled in solo endeavors, most notably her first EP 'I AM part 1' in 2013 followed by the announcement she was joining Love & Hip-Hop: New York for its fourth season where she was a mainstay until season six.