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Amina Buddafly from "Love & Hip Hop: New York" stars in the VH1 reality docu-series.

Amina Buddafly was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany, to a Senegalese father and a German mother. Together with her older sister Sophie and her twin Jazz, Amina began singing before she could talk. Her mother, a music lover who introduced her to Motown, The Jacksons, Earth Wind and Fire, and Marvin Gaye, says there was always music playing in the house and that she would sing with her daughters whenever she could. Amina's father is a hobby Jazz musician who played his guitar and sax all day long.

At the age of six, Amina joined a classical choir, started doing musicals and toured with local pop acts and gospel groups. She started songwriting at the age of thirteen, and the day she discovered studio recording was the point of no return. She realized this is what she was meant to do, and there was no stopping her. She and her sisters formed the group Black Buddafly and signed their first record deal in 1997 with BMG Germany. They released their first single "Choyce." In 2002, Black Buddafly took a leap of faith and without a plan, packed their bags and flew to New York City with nothing but $600 and a dream. Leaving everything behind in Germany, they had no "choyce" but to make it in America. And they did! Black Buddafly was signed to Def Jam and J Records. Afterthe group disbanded, her sisters moved back to Germany. Amina went through all the ups and downs of the music business and then made the decision to 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 her songwriting became much more sophisticated. Through her various musical influences (Mariah Carey, ABBA, The Bangles, Carmen McRae, Joe Sample, and Linda Perry), Amina has learned how to create timeless music. She's all about vocal arrangement and big melodies. She describes her music as pure and real. Big songs with truthful, meaningful lyrics, musical and organic sounds and peerless harmonies. 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 driven and determined to become a big-time songwriter and 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, even teaching herself LOGIC. By spending her life surrounded by accomplished producers and writers and having the opportunity to work with major labels, Amina gained tons of experience.

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Where does Amina Buddafly live? Find out here.

Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Current Residence: New York, NY

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