Wa Naa, Paramount Chief of Wa, gave Samini a ribald welcome this week at his palace on Tuesday, December 11, exactly 11 days to Samini’s 7th Album “Untamed” release.
It’s been 8 years since Samini visited home, Wa. And for the past years, Samini’s fans and natives have longed for his homecoming and concert; but due to very tight schedules and ‘unfavorable’ calendars, Samini couldn’t make a return home until recently.
In the midst of a mammoth crowd that thrones the Wa Naa’s palace, Samini reaffirmed his connect with the indigenes and his dagaati roots.
Samini after paying a courtesy call on the Paramount Chief was enstooled as Pibilii Naa, a local parlance which connotes “King of The Little Rocks”. The name “Pibilii” was derived from one of the native villages in lieu with Samini’s clan lineage, and as well a Chief among the well-meaning and industrious youths of Wa, his hometown. Pibilii is a small town in Mangu, where Samini’s Father comes from. Mangu is a town in Wa.
Waa Naa however made a plea to Samini to use his platform and network to support upcoming music talents from Wa and Upper West Region so as thy could reach mainstream and global standards (as him). The Paramount Chief pledged to give Samini a land for a studio project that would facilitate the churning of musicians from Wa and its environs.
Samini in a grandeur was clothed in a new Royal 3-piece traditional smock, known as “fugu” with matchup royal shoes made from scarce leather. He was blessed by the Chief and made to ride on a horse from the Paramount Chief’s palace.
Ahead of his 7th studio album launch, titled “Untamed”, Samini shot a music video for the lead single (an intro) in the Chief’s Palace, to accentuate his belongingness and direct connect with his roots.
Also set for December 22 is his annual festival, Saminifest. Aside Saminifest, the international music icon, Samini, also announced a homecoming music festival in Wa henceforth, annually, to keep the connect with his fellow Wa indigenes. Samini is now managed by Africa 1 Media, based in Accra, Ghana’s capital city.