Singer, Songwriter, Author Amina Buddafly Pankey is a force to be reckoned with. After her tumultuous run on VH1’s ‘Love & Hip Hop: New York ‘and most recently, WE TV’s ‘Marriage Boot Camp Reality Stars,’ Amina, 35, is now happily flying solo and excited to be focusing on what she loves most – her children and her music. Her new single, “Love My Life” gives listeners a fresh and authentic glimpse into her multifaceted life, and how she manages motherhood and career on her own. The “Love My Life” single is from her forthcoming album, “MOTHER,” fittingly set for a Mother’s Day 2018 release. The album spans Amina’s depth of emotions that come from being a single mom and a woman who has learned to love herself more, after the public humiliation and heartache she experienced while sharing the torrid trials of her marriage with estranged husband, Peter Gunz, to the world on the ‘Love & Hip Hop’ franchise.
“I have left the drama behind,” said Amina, who took a major step in her growth by moving to Los Angeles in 2016 and recently filing for divorce from Gunz. “I am in the process of healing, and helping other women who go through similar situations to heal as well.”
Showcasing her blend of soothing melodies, musicianship and songwriting, Amina’s sound is unique and original with heartfelt melodies she describes as “Honest, Real and Free.” Born and raised in Germany and coming to New York at the age of 19 with her two sisters, Jazz (her identical twin) and Sophie to form the group, BLACK BUDDAFLY, the sisters were on the move as charming beauties with a unique sound. But the trio hit a snag in their musical journey after signing with Def Jam records, yet not getting the airplay or artist development they needed. Securing Visas to work in the US also became a factor. While Amina’s sisters ended up back in Germany, still performing, Amina pushed harder in the states, finding peace in her music and joy and pain in personal relationships. Through all the ups and downs, Amina continued to perform and travel. In fact, it was her travels that garnered her the nickname, “World Tour” by Gunz, before they married. Amina is still touring – performing at various venues (with her guitar in tow, and often playing the piano), promoting her book, “The Other Woman,” which garnered her opportunities as a featured author at the Essence Music Festival in the Essence Bookstore in New Orleans in 2017, The Congressional Black Caucus Author’s Pavilion in Washington D.C. in 2017, along with many other bookstore and special appearances. Writing the memoir became her therapy. Amina is also a yogi enthusiast, inspiring her millions of social media followers with her acrobatic and advanced yoga poses. She maintains a fitness regimen and a healthy diet, and has become a pro at including her children, Cori, 3, and Bronz, 1, in her daily workouts while balancing being the best mom she can be while passionately sharing her gift of harmony with the world.
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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.
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