Music enthusiasts in Ghana are currently waiting for a rapper who will dominate in the Hausa language as the country can boast of rappers in the popular languages such as Twi, Ga, Fante and Ewe.
That’s where new rap sensation, Mohammed Fareed known in showbiz as FaReed aka The HipHopAlhaji comes in the picture.
Fareed, from the Dagomba tribe hails from Tamale in the Northern Region of Ghana.
According to him, music started for him since birth. His father used to sing to a large audience during special occasions.
“I started getting familiar with musical instruments, especially the drum (kalangu) and also vocals. I used to sing along to songs and slowly started writing my own lyrics.”
Like many others, Fareed was inspired by Obrafour’s music. “I listened to Obrafuor’s music a lot; I remember my very first time performing was his song “Yaa nom” on stage in Primary 4 during Entertainment shows. I also played drums in primary school (drum boy).”
During his Senior High days, he got the opportunity to record a 14 songs mixtape album. The album was sold on campus.
“My first recording was in SHS1 at Killmatic’s studio. I recorded a mixtape album of 14 songs and sold them on campus and I made some little money.”
Growing up the musical ladder, Fareed came in contact with Blurr; a Kumasi based underground rapper who introduced him to beatmakers, Peewezel and SenyoCue and the rest they say his history.
“I started recording and releasing songs occasionally on social media. I still recorded but stopped releasing songs because I noticed I wasn’t pushing them enough.”
Now that Allah has listened to his prayers, he now has a manager in Kwesi Amoako and together they promise to change the face of Ghanaian music, especially so far as the Hausa dialect is concerned.
“What we are bringing on board is GOOD MUSIC! And a lot of surprises,” his manager commented.
Fareed has mounted stages like Ghana Hi-Skul Entertainment Awards held at the National Theatre in 2012. He has also featured twice on DJ Black’s Cypher.
The rapper who looks up to Eminem, Bob Marley and Sean Paul can boast of songs like “I wanna Rap” recorded with Jayso. “Bardman” produced by SenyoCue which was used as a montage on 4syte TV.
His latest song “Hip Hop Alhaji” drops on September 10.