Amina (formally known as lead singer of the group "Black Buddafly" was born and raised in Hamburg Germany, to a senegalese father and a german mother, where the story of her musical journey starts.
Together with her older sister Sophie and her twin Jazz she began singing before she could talk, her Mother (a music lover who introduced her to the old Motown, The Jacksons, Earth Wind and Fire, Marvin Gaye etc.) says. There was always music playing in the house. Dad, who is a hobby Jazz musician, played the guitar, sax and salsa music all day long and Mom would sing with her daughters whenever she could.
At the age of 6 Amina joined a classical choir and soon after she started doing musicals and toured with local pop acts and gospel groups. She started songwriting at the age of 13 and the day she discovered studio recording it was over. She just knew this was what she wanted to do. And there was no stopping her.
She signed her first record deal in 1997 together with her sisters with BMG Germany and released a single under the name "Choyce" But soon she realized there was something missing. In 2002, after a couple of more tries with other labels and production teams in Germany and Europe Amina and the girls took the big step. Without a plan, over night they packed their bags and flew to New York City with nothing but $600 dollars and a Dream. Leaving everything behind in Germany, they had no "choyce" but to "make it in America". And they did.
A few years ago after going through all the ups and downs this music business has to offer, Amina made the decision to from that point on only do what she loves without trying to please everyone else. Even though it was hard, she invested in a piano and started teaching herself. Her sound began to evolve even more and the songwriting became much more sophisticated.
Through her big range of musical influences (it starts with her childhood idol Mariah Carey to ABBA to The Bangles, Carmen McRae, Joe Sample and Linda Perry), she has learned how to create and compose timeless music. She's all about vocal arrangement and big melodies. Amina's describes her music as pure and real. Big songs with truthful, meaningful lyrics, musical and organic sounds and peerless harmonies.. and that is what sets her apart from others. She says, "Music is a feeling and I believe only if it comes from my heart and I really love it, people can feel it."
Aside from her being an artist, Amina is very driven and determined to become a big-time songwriter/composer. Her catalog holds more than 400 songs that she has written over the past few years. She also has learned how to engineer and produce.. instead of going/hanging out, she likes to stay home, work on her LOGIC skills, and practice the piano. Being around producers/writers all of her life and the opportunity to work with major labels which she gained tons of experience from was a blessing. Today, more than ever, she is totally ready and has what it takes to get there.
"I don't quit, I am a perfectionist and I AM very competitive." And with that attitude there is no way Amina will lose!
Amina has been singing and performing with the legendary Village Underground house band in New York City for the past 4 years and says it was like music school being around some of the worlds most talented musicians on a daily basis, getting even more comfortable as a performer and really becoming a pro at what she does, plus finally learning some music theory. On top of that Amina taught herself how to engineer and records all of her music herself.
Over the years she created a fan base simply by doing acoustic gigs throughout the city and building up her online following via youtube and other social media. In February of 2013 she released her first independent project, an EP entitled I AM part 1 which consists of 100% original material written/composed and produced entirely by her. She dropped another EP in the same year with the title I AM part 2, a collection of songs she wrote throughout the process of filming the VH1 reality TV hit show Love and Hip Hop: season 4. The show helped her gain exposure and placed her single, Don't Wanna Be Right, on number 3 in the R&B charts and brought her over a million views on the music video for the song.
Amina just wrapped filming season 5 of Love and Hip Hop and is set to release her first full solo album in April 2015.
The future holds no limits for Amina Buddafly.