Sean Banan

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Sean Banan
Sean Banan-3.jpg
Sean Banan during Grammis gala in Cirkus, Stockholm, 2013
Birth name Sina Samadi
Born (1985-04-07) 7 April 1985 (age 32)
Medium stand-up, dancer, television personality, musician
Nationality Swedish
Years active 2006–present
Genres Satire, improvisational comedy, observational comedy
Sean Banan in Ung08 Festival in Stockholm, 2011
Sean Banan performing

Sina Samadi better known by his stage name Sean Banan (Banan means Banana, appears to be a pun of his name) is a Swedish comedian and musician of Iranian origin. His family immigrated to Sweden when he was just 2 years old and resided in Gothenburg. Banan took lessons in rumba, flamenco, rock, cha-cha-cha, ballet and street dance.[1] He then worked as a choreographer and dance instructor. In 2006, he appeared on TV3's now defunct dance programme Floor Filler. He became an immediate internet phenomenon after appearing in an interview in 2007 after answering some questions about his preferences and said he preferred "rumpa" (buttocks) to breasts.[2] "Rumpa" became a catch phrase he would use in many of his future gigs.

He played a travelling reporter in the 2010 comedy television show Cirkus Möller that aired on TV4.[3] The same year he took part in the Kanal 5's programme Djävulsrallyt in its third series.

His 2010 single "Skaka Rumpa" was released on 16 June 2010 and entered the Swedish Singles Chart at No. 13 in its first week, topping at No. 8 the following week.[4]

Banan took part in Melodifestivalen 2012 with "Sean den förste Banan" that passed the Semi-final stage, but was eliminated in the "Second Chance" round without reaching the finals. But despite this, the song proved very popular reaching number 3 on Sverigetopplistan, the official Swedish Singles Chart.

In Melodifestivalen 2013 he took part with "Copacabanana". After performing in the semi-final in Scandinavium, Gothenburg, he came 1st and qualified directly to the final, where he finished in 6th place.

Sean Banan's first film Sean Banan inuti Seanfrika was released in 2012 and was panned by critics.


Appearances in films[edit]

  • 2010: Skills as Stretch
  • 2012: Sean Banan inuti Seanfrika as himself

Appearances in TV series[edit]

  • 2006: Floor Filler (dance)
  • 2010: Cirkus Möller (comedy)
  • 2010: Djävulsrallyt
  • 2010: Sommarkrysset
  • 2011: Helt magiskt
  • 2011: Äntligen fredag



Year Title Peak
2012 Sean den förste Banan 3
  • GLF: Platinum
2013 Copacabanana 2
  • GLF: Gold
2014 En svensk klassiker 3


Year Title Peak
Certifications Album
2010 "Skaka rumpa" 4
  • GLF: Platinum
2010 "Puss puss" 54
2010 "Gott nytt jul" 2
  • GLF: Platinum
2011 "Händer i luft"
2012 "Sean den förste Banan" 3 Sean den förste Banan
2013 "Copacabanana" 3
  • GLF: 2x Platinum


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