Sharzy

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Sammy Saeni (a.k.a. Sharzy) is a musician from Solomon Islands.

Sharzy was born on the island of Simbo in the Western Province. His mother is from Simbo and his father from Malaita. His musical career began in 1995 when he joined the 2-4-1 band. He produced his first solo album "Aloha" in 2001, which became an instant hit. Since then he has released "Aelan feel'n" (2003), "Aelan Wei" (Pijin for "island way") (2008), "Hem Stret" (2008), "Yumi Flo" (2009) and "Iu Mi Flow" (2010). He sings in many languages including Simbo, Roviana, and Solomon Islands Pijin. He also has tracks in Tok Pisin and English.[citation needed]

His early songs were mostly love songs, but he described his fifth album, released in May 2008, as "different": "My fifth album has a different taste [...] because I sing about things that happen in life."[1]

Sharzy performed during the official launching of the Melanesian Spearhead Group Trade Directory on May 28, 2008. He sang the official summit theme song, “One People, Many Cultures”.[2]

He has been described by The Guardian as one of the Solomon Islands' "living national icons".[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Local Artist to Release New Album and Tour Australia" Gina Maka'a, Solomon Times, April 16, 2008
  2. ^ "Dancers, musicians off to Melanesian summit", Solomon Star, May 22, 2008
  3. ^ "Country profile: Solomon Islands", The Guardian, April 24, 2009