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Samuel Robertson-Okine (Nii)

Samuel Robertson-Okine, (aka) Nii, whose two uncles were great musicians. Kofi Ghanaba (aka Guy Warren) of Osibisa Fame and Osabutey, also playing with Fela Kuti of Nigeria, showed interest in music at a tender age in Accra Ghana.
Joining his maternal family in Kumasi, a cradle of Ghanaian Folk Music, Nii continued his musical influence from Greats like Folk Musician Koo Nimo, Nana Ampadu, AB Crentsil,
and the Wolomei.

In college, Nii worked with some professional groups through studio presentations, as well as playing live outside campus. Nii specializes in Highlife and Reggae Music. He realized that the advent of other forms of Music in Ghana is leading to the traditional Highlife music losing its Counseling, Encouraging, Consoling, Pain-Soothing, Love-Expressing, and other didactic attributes of its lyrics. He therefore, decided to revive this old tradition, and where possible, translate his lyrics into languages that will bring understanding to his International Listeners.

Nii has done a lot in Highlife and Reggae Music. Known as the Highlife Ambassador in North America, He has performed on many International Stages, and Festivals -- from Africa through Europe and North America.
i. He was the most encored Artist at the 2006 Festival Nuits D’Afrique in Montreal.
ii. It happened again at the Festival Du Monde in Chicoutimi, Quebec in 2008.
iii. American Magazine described his show as electrifying the Night.
iv. He dazzled the audience again at the 2009 Nuits D’Afrique Festival.
v. He was awarded for Highlife Music in 2011 in Toronto, Canada.
vi. His song ODO YE DE, placed 5th in the Finals of the 2012 USA songwriting competition
vii. He was the toast of the fans at the 2012 Heritage Festival in Edmonton Alberta.
viii. He was invited again to the same festival for August 2013 (Rear situation indeed)
ix. He has been nominated for HL Album, Artist and Video of the year in North America 2013

People who have heard his works and witnessed his performances has only encouraging words about him.

So far, Nii has already recorded ten albums. He has released Three "Highlife Time" in 2007, “Happy Mother’s Day” in 2009, and “Draw Closer To Me” in 2011. He is in the process of releasing a Fourth one, a Gospel Reggae-Highlife album namely, “The Lord Will Come”. With these, Nii hopes to bring Traditional Highlife Music back into the main stream, as well as maintain the patronage it has enjoyed everywhere.