Atlanta,GA – Ladies and Gentlemen, “Agoo, awula mei, ke ataa mei”, “Annuanom”, “Hear yea, Hear yea” you have probably heard the name; Shegge aka Shegge Da Don and if you have not, the world is about to hear an artiste with incredible talent dubbed the next Ghanaian multi-talented Hiplife star coming from Atlanta, Georgia, USA. As you know Atlanta boasts some of the world’s major entertainers; Usher, Akon, Andre 3000, Cee-lo, Ludracris, Monica, Kanye West, Jermain Dupri, Sean Paul, Gucci Mane and more!! Shegge is also going to be another success story.
Ernest Hunderds Adjei Boateng who goes by the showbiz name; Shegge was born on October 25, 1987 in Kumasi, Ghana. He is the son of Mrs. Vida Osei Smith, a singer who played in the Ghana police band during the early 90’s. He started his education at Christ Redeemer international School, Accra Ghana where he started playing drums while his peers matched. ‘This is the African way of getting to class” he stated. At an early age his parents migrated to Milan, Italy where he continued his studies at Clemente Baroni Elementary and Middle school.
Seeing that there were not many forces in the music career in Italy, he pursued his other talent in soccer making it to the first division in the Inter Milan soccer academy also the training ground for future players for the team
His parents divorced when he was 12 years old and was raised by his mother who moved him and his younger sibling to the United States. Shegge always stated that his parents divorce affected him as a person, saying, “I had to grow up fast to try and support the two women I loved so dearly, my mother and my younger sister”.
In the US, he started his 9th grade at the infamous Tri Cities high school in Atlanta, a Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School where hip-Hop superstar duo; Outkast also attended. Acting was something that found Shegge. During his second year in high school, the Theater Instructor approached him to do a play for the school since he fitted the role.
Despite having no knowledge, his hard work earned him the best actor award at the Georgia One Act. He said he felt like he had been called to speak for the people and since then made up his mind to pursue acting in school through college.
He performed classical plays like; “Sarafina”, “Parting”, “Raisin in the Sun”, “Colored Museum and others earning him a spot in the Governor’s honors finalist during his last year in high school. This gave him the opportunity to represent his school and together with five friends from school, he started the Tafari Jirani Theater Company with the Southwest Arts Center.
In 2006, he was accepted into the Chicago College of Performing Arts which was ranked among some of the best schools for acting. After school he shot his first movie; ” The Grass between Her Lips with Leila Djansi and directed by Amardeep Kaleka. With a lot of opportunities coming his way, he is taking his time going through many scripts. On his spare time he teaches Acting and does workshops with different companies such as Fulton County Arts, John Robert Powers and others.
In January 2003, not long after his arrival in the US, Shegge did not hesitate to chase his music dream especially after seeing his peers like Bow Wow and Romeo doing it on screen. “Mom knew I could do it and wished she could help but she did not have the funds so I had to search it myself” in Shegge’s own words.
He recorded his first demo with a cassette player using headphones as a mic, luckily for him he caught the attention of a record executive Dr. Asamoah. Dr. Asamoah signed Shegge to his label Easy Records and brought in a two time engineer of the year award recipient;Morris Babyface to record the first album; “Fever”. Fever had singles like; “Odo Adeebi”, “Magic pole”, and “Abena” which received lots of buzz from Ghana radio and TV.
Unfortunately for Shegge he had an ongoing immigration issue which prevented him from traveling so he could not go to Ghana for the next four years to promote this album. There is an old saying that whoever God blesses no one can curse and so he continued to keep his passion alive and recorded more songs and features.
Currently Shegge has about one hundred songs under his belt yet to be officially released and his song “money Dey” is currently playing on multiple stations in Ghana. He also has his first music out, the limit will have to be set further. In his own words he says “I don’t regret not coming out at the age 15, as a matter of fact I’m a better artist today than I was yesterday and I have a better understanding now than I did before. To make it simple whatever God brings I’m with and for it, thank you”.
Shegge in a nutshell, is nothing like we have ever seen before. Many African artistes are ready for the world platform but lack the education to compete on that level, Shegge definitely is the answer.
Watch Shegge Da Don’s beautifully produced video; “Money Dey” by Sputnic Erawoc-Sputnic Film/SMG which is getting reviews on facebook and youtube. It also featured another upcoming star; Motu Blanka.