Profile Summary
  • Full Name
    Mohammed Ismail Sherif
  • Age
  • Date of Birth
    9th January, 2002
  • Pace of Birth
    Konongo Zongo
  • Nationality
  • Education
    • Konongo Zongo Islamic Basic School.
    • Pinamang Educational Complex (JHS).
    • Kumasi Academy.
  • Profession
  • Net Worth
    Not specified
  • Marital Status
  • Father
  • Mother

Mohammed Ismail Sherif also known as Black Sherif or Blacko is a Ghanaian Hip-hop and Trap musician born on January 9 2002 and hails from Konongo in the Ashanti Region of Ghana.

Black Sherif is a fast-rising Ghanaian musician who seems to be taking over the music space since the realease of his ‘Road To The Tape- 1st Sermon’ freestyle.

Black Sherif began his music career in 2019, releasing his first single, "Money" which had over 2 million streams on Boomplay.

 Early Life

Mohammed Ismail Sherif was born and raised in Konongo-Zongo, in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. As both his parents worked mostly overseas,he started living with his aunt and other extended family members at the age of 10.

His nomadic lifestyle exposed him to multiple influences and different cultures at a very early age.


Sherif attended Konongo Zongo Islamic Basic School for his elementary education and then to Pinamang Educational Complex for junior high school.

He continued his secondary education at Kumasi Academy, where he was part of the Literary group in the Students' Representative Council, fostering an interest in music and dancing.

Career & Achievements


Black Sherif embarked on his journey in 2019 with the release of "Cry for Me" on YouTube. His breakthrough came with the debut single "Money" in May 2020, accompanied by a music video.

The momentum continued with the release of "First Sermon" in May 2021, followed by its sequel, "Second Sermon," featuring a remix with Burna Boy in July. His career soared in March 2022 with the chart-topping hit "Kwaku the Traveller," which became his most popular track. He marked his album debut, "The Villain I Never Was," in October, featuring singles like "45" and "Soja."

Black Sherif collaborated with notable artists such as Sarkodie, Stormzy, and Amerado, showcasing his versatility. Notably, he graced the stage at the 25th anniversary of the MOBO Awards and headlined his debut concert, the "Mozama Disco Concert," in Accra in December 2022. His accolades continued as he clinched the Best Hip Hop award at the Soundcity MVP Awards in February 2023.

He expanded his global presence with performances at renowned festivals like the Wireless Festival in Abu Dhabi, Something In The Water Festival in Virginia Beach, and Afronation Miami, solidifying his status as a pioneering Ghanaian artist.


Black Sherifs' music is a blend of hip-hop, trap, Afrobeats, and highlife into his unique style.  he gained attention with his debut track "Money" in 2020, praised for its introspective lyrics and catchy tunes. His subsequent songs like "Second Sermon" and "First Sermon" have only reinforced his reputation as a skilled storyteller and wordsmith. Known for his authenticity and captivating stage presence, drawing inspiration from the Chicago style originating in Brixton, London, since 2012, his music often delves into themes of violence and hedonism.

A significant portion of his lyrics is delivered in Twi, his native Akan dialect. Blacko has cited Kanye West, Travis Scott, Saint Jhn, Dave, Stormzy, J Hus, as well as Ghanaian artists Mugeez and Sarkodie, among others, as his musical influences.

Nominations and Awards

  • Best Hip Hop award at the Soundcity MVP Awards (February 20, 2023)
  • Performed at Palladium Times Square in New York City (May 20, 2023)
  • Performed at Afronation Miami (March 2023)
  • Performed at Something In The Water Festival in Virginia Beach (March 2023)
  • Performed at the Wireless Festival in Abu Dhabi (March 2023)
  • Hosted debut concert "Mozama Disco Concert" in Accra (December 2022)
  • Performed at the 25th anniversary of the MOBO Awards (November 2022)