I Composed ‘Gyae Shi’ Song After Taking Akpeteshie Mixed With Weed One Afternoon – Samini

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Born Emmanuel Andrew Samini but commonly known as Samini has finally let the cat out of the bag the rationale behind the lyrical content of his popular song titled ‘gyae shi’ which translates into English as ‘stop smoking’.


Speaking in an exclusive interview with Abeiku Santana on his ‘Atuu’ programme which airs on UTV, revealed a real life situation which led to the birth of the song under scrutiny.

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In the voice of Samini, he found ‘inspiration’ for the song after he curiously blended Indian hemp with locally distilled gin popularly known as Akpeteshie one hot afternoon and realized that Akpeteshie was better than ‘weed’.

It’s a long story; I was very young at that time and I remember that very afternoon I blended the two and that was my experience,” he confessed.

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The wide-ranging interview saw Samini share the story of his journey in the Ghanaian music industry and how he aided other artistes to become who they are today. On record, Samini happens to be the first Ghanaian artiste to win the prestigious Music of Black Origin (MOBO) award in 2006.

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