Sammany, at the age of 12, used to watch beat-making videos on Youtube. His interest in such videos reached a limit where he thought it was his time to try making some of his own beats. It was not long enough after this that he started recreating the beats he had heard on Youtube using FL studio. FL studio is a software which is an all-in-one music production software used by different artists, Sammany Hajo being one of them.
Soon after this episode, Sammany started making his own melodies. On his 14th birthday, his brother gifted him a Yamaha keyboard which he soon learned how to play. Sammany used to play the keyboard and record his melodies in the music production software. It was not late after this he learned different instruments, from learning to play the guitar at the age of 18 and the Oud at the age of 21 Sammany was unstoppable. He claims to be playing these instruments to this day.
About his Music
Sammany, in his early life, was greatly inspired by singers, songwriters, and producers like Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, and Ryan Leslie. The thing that inspired him about these people was how they had their own style of music, which was genuine, but at the same time, their music could fit into any specific genre. It drove Sammany into creating his music but also take inspiration for his favorite genres.
He started by making hip hop and soul music. After this, Sammany taught himself to sample old songs; this instantly gave him the idea of merging Sudanese music with the beats that he had been creating. Sammany also has a love for Jazz music and tries to include elements from the genre in his own creations. However, being a self taught musician, he often struggles with the theoretical aspect of Jazz music. Regardless of this, he tries to incorporate the aspects and elements of it which make sense to him in his music.
Along with this, recently, he has figured out that his interest is leaning more towards music from different parts of the world. He has developed a liking for genres with a deep cultural background, such as the tishoumaren (Desert blues), and with this, he loves Latin jazz music. All in all, Sammany feels most comfortable with hip hop, funk, and soul; however, he claims to be experimenting and figuring everything out.
Sammany’s two most popular releases are “Briefcase” and “Matalib.”
The “Briefcase” is a beat tape which Sammany started off as a personal challenge for himself. It was because he wanted to fuse Sudanese music with other types of genres, the ones that he has listened to while growing up. He started off with a beat called “Min Zaman,” which samples the song “Min Zaman” by Abdul Aziz Mohammad Dawoud. After creating the beat, Sammany put it up on Soundcloud. Soon after this, he got a lot of positive feedback, which pushed him into releasing two more singles. These two singles were loved by people so much that Sammany decided on making this a beat tape. This experience made Sammany realize how well the Sudanese music and the western beats complemented each other. Not only this, but the project also made him appreciate Sudanese music and culture much more than he already did. Lastly, once this project kicked off, it made Sammany realize that what he started off as a challenge had now become something so successful. “Briefcase” made Sammany want to introduce Sudanese music to the Sudanese youth so that they appreciate and know their music and culture.
The second single, which he titled “Matalib,” was the first-ever time Sammany experienced writing a song. The word “Matalib” is an Arabic word that means “Demands.” Sammany wrote this song as an inspiration from the Sudan Revolution in 2018. This song’s chorus was directly taken from a popular chant during a military sit-in in Khartoum. The verses of the song describe the events of the revolution and support for the people of Sudan. An acoustic version of this song was released in COLORSXSTUDIOS in Berlin, Germany, after which Sammany decided on creating a “full version” of this song.
Sammany Hajo’s songs were uploaded on Soundcloud, after which they received a lot of positive feedback; this drove Sammany into making more music. His music is also present on Spotify; thousands of people listen to his music every month.
Sammany’s song “Matalib” was featured in an article written by the “500-word magazine.” Along with this, he appeared in an interview with the “Doha News,” where he talked about his identity and stated that he was initially approached by his peers in Sudan to write about revolution. He initially questioned himself but soon realized how art and revolution go hand in hand, after which he wrote the song “Matalib.”