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Gambia: Magistrate Court Fines Rapper Killa Ace
January 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

Kanifing Magistrate Court on Monday has convicted and sentence Ali Cham, known as Killa Ace, a outspoken Gambian rapper cum activist. 

Cham, has been found guilty on two counts and fined with D17, 500. 

According to prosecutors, Cham on or about the 29th day of October 2018 in Serrekunda, conducted himself in a manner likely to provoke a breach of peace.

Prosecutors also alleged that the defendant assaulted First Class 6407 Demba Bah on his left eye and mouth, whilst in due execution of his duty and resisted lawful arrest.

He is also charged with wilful damage to property.

Killa Ace pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him, but the magistrate found him guilty on all the 3 counts and fined him.

He has been ordered to pay a fine as follows; count one – Breach of Peace – D10,000, count two – Assaulting a Police Officer – D5,000, count four – Destruction of Public Property – cautioned and discharged.

Two additional charges include compensation to Police Officer Demba Bah – D2,000 and damage to an Officer’s Uniform – D500. Total fine to pay is D17,500.

Ace, an outspoken rapper told journalists after the judgement that: “I’m not violent, and I’m not a criminal as well the  real criminals are serving us and getting away with thier crimes”

He lamented that:  “It’s sad that I live in an unfair environment and totally disappointed by todays ruling but not surprised . After nearly losing my life for simply asking for a warrant, I’m turned into the villian by my own people”

According to him he is found guilty on two counts, breach of peace and assaulting a Police Officer. Ordered to pay D17,500.

I’m so discouraged and lost hope in this place. I have a life to live and a family that relies on me .

Anyways fine paid and back to my sad life knowing any minute any second this system is waiting for me around the corner.

“Blessings to all my good peoples behind me. I’m a victim,” 


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Gambia:Dr. Olugander Releases Afrobeat Album ‘Bulma Bai’
January 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

Dr. Olugander, alias Dada Gander Helsinki based Gambian vateran reggae danchall artiste has recently released seven tracks Afrobeat danchall album called ‘Bulma Bai’ (Don’t leave me) available in all online platforms.

The  album is also available on CDs and online digital distribution, streaming services like iTunes,  Apple music,  Amazon,  Tidal,  Deezer,  Spotify etc.

The album is accompanied by a video entitled Bulma Bai,  which is  the tittle of the album.

Dr. Olugander explains that the album is an afro cultural and afrobeat dancehall album strictly African meaning it’s not reggae.

According to him, the video was  premiered by  Reggaeville.com one week before the release of the album.

Vateran Reggae singer added that the  messages in the album are geared towards our cultural heritage preservation and upliftment, loves songs are in there, social life, songs based on real experiences social, musical, life struggles etc.

“I’ve been inspired by afro fusion music from inception,  anyone that knows Dr. Olugander knows that, so due to the high demand from my fans all over to revive my afro type pattern and music I decided to give strength by revitalizing culture this time, because it has it’s own market too, so I wanna please my fans in the Gambia,  Senegal,  Guinea Bissau,  Conakry,  Portugal,  Spain and Paris” he noted.

About Dr. Olugander

Dr. Olugander alias Phada Gander, is a Gambian dazzling home-grown performing and recording, philanthropic world-sought-after Reggae Dancehall artist based in Finland. He started his musical career at a tender age through the inspiration of his late grandfather “Oupa Kambai Joku” who was a great cultural musician in his hay-days.

Dr Olugander’s hard core rhythms could be compared with that of many great superstar around the world. What sets him among the rest in the pecking order is his professional manner of conducting his life which is free from liquor consumption and smoke.

He started his education at St. Charles Lwanga Mission Primary School in Faji Kunda and later proceeded to St. Peter’s Catholic High School in Lamin. Being someone who likes to explore, he moved on to St. Augustine’s High School, an all boys high school in the Capital city of the Gambia, Banjul where his musical career became heightened.

Abukpapa is agile, flexible and full of confidence on stage which makes his performances unique and awesome. His voice is silky smooth, original and he exhibits humility and love for everyday ordinary people.

He is a role model to the younger generation and a voice for the voiceless. He is so far the only known Gambian musician who keeps it simple and natural by avoiding smoking or drinking but still gets wild on stage with his teeming crowd of followers and admirers.

In 1997 he formed a crew named (CAP-SYL-MAD VIBES), a trio musical group that lasted for a year then later changed to Promised Land Crew in1998, comprising him and Capricon as main singers. The Promised Land recorded their first debut Album entitled “Too Late” at Yellow Gates Studios by Kebba Taylor in 1998, with their first hit single on television entitled “Babylon rule”.

The Promised Land Crew got a lot of exposure from showbiz impresario and arts columnist Dr. Obiozor Williams who first discovered their talents. The Crew got rave reviews on the Arts & Culture page in Daily Observer Newspaper.Their first shot at national prominence was during the 1st ever Gambian Music Award, May 2, 1998 at Palma Rima Hotel.

The Crew became a favorite for music fans at the “Fateleku” Nationwide Music Tour for all Gambian artistes initiated by Obiozor Williams alongside veteran star Ousu Njie Senor and late Uncle George Christensen of Radio 1 FM where over 40 artistes performed throughout the length & breadth of the Gambia in 1999.

In 2001, Capricon decided to quit music for the Islamic brotherhood ‘Markas’ which gave birth to Dr. Olugander’s solo musical career.

Dr. Olugander derived his title from his fans who regarded him as a musical doctor. The name Olu- means (God Father) while “gander” came as a result of his love for the male goose the “Gander” which is his favorite pet. “Abukpapa” is derived from his MAN-JAH-GO clan which means “father’s child.”

A fond lover of great stars like Cocoa Tea, Lucky Dube, Bob Marley, Bunny wailer, Dennis Brown & Luciano, he felt he could use music to bring great changes in the life of young people with his own original style.

CHARITY WORKS
Known for his philanthropic gestures, he was the first musician of his generation in the country to establish and register a charity foundation, Gander’s Production Foundation (GPF) embarking on giving back projects throughout the country in support of the poor through his musical performances.

GPF with the Motto “Each One-Support One” donated cooking items and food stuff to the disaster flood victims of the Gambia at the office of the Vice President of the Republic of The Gambia in December 2010. He also contributed to the rehabilitation of school toilets in Wassu Upper Basic Cycle.

As an ambassador of The Gambia Organization of the Visually Impaired (GOVI), he made a cash donation to the blind school of The Gambia in January 2013. He was also honored by supporting a Kenyan charity to donate to Kandaria Dispensary in Kisumu, Kenya in August 2015.

He usually organizes big annual events ‘Welcome Back Home Shows’ any time he returns from an international tour. These shows are always among the biggest platforms in the country, where most of the upcoming Gambian musicians got their first ever open air opportunities to be heard and known by their fans.

AWARDS
In 2008 he won the best reggae song in the Gambia. In 2009 he was given an honorary award & invitation to USA by (AGERA). Dr. Olugander is undisputedly the Gambia’s best international reggae ambassador & export, who has been jetting in and out of aeroplanes from Africa, Europe, Asia, Scandinavia, USA over the years.

ALBUMS
Group Album with “Promised Land” entitled-“Too Late”- 1998, Solo career albums, Pumak Aids- Advocate against Aids – 2004, Little Gambia- 25th April 2007, Stronger Dan Before- 24th December 2008, Friends on Journey- 2018

He shared stages and collaborated with big names like Luciano, Youssou Ndour, Glen Washinton, Yellowman, Sizzla, Capleton, Macka B, among many others.

His album entitled ‘Friends On Journey’ is a masterpiece in the world music industry. It’s a 14 track CD album that features big acts include Macka B, Mikey General, Siddy Ranks, and Turbulence.



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German based Sierra-Leone Praise worship leader Out with New single ‘Bow and Worship’
January 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

Cyrus Richard Togba popularly known as Cyrus Richie is a praise-worship leader, singer-songwriter and a recording artist currently based in Germany.

Born in Sierra Leone, Cyrus grew up in a God-fearing home where Christian values were instilled in him from a very tender age.

His commitment to Church activities which always kept him around the environ, helped him quickly discover his love for music and calling as a minister. Ever since Cyrus Richie became actively involved in the choir of every Church he joined.

According to him, “His journey with the Lord hasn’t been a smooth one,” but life experiences and challenges have strengthened his resolve to serve Him (God) more.

Having served in various ministries for years, Cyrus Richie made his official debut as a recording artist in 2018 after storming the gospel music scene with his first single “Most High God”.

He followed the well-received track with “Hallowed Be Thy Name,” released in January 2019.

The talented worshiper is set to kick-off the coming new year (2020) on a high note as he recently announced the release of a brand new single “Bow and Worship” featuring Gambia-based music minister Kalusian. 

Anticipation among fans has been heightened towards the upcoming release due on January 11th, 2020.

Cyrus Richie is happily married to Mrs. Fatmata Togba and they are blessed with four lovely children.

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DJ Neptune In The News For All The Wrong Reasons
January 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Moji Danisa*

DJ Neptune is a household name in the Nigeria entertainment industry.Photo credit Gidi Cultural Fest

DJ Neptune is arguably one of Nigeria’s best entertainers whose craft easily places him amongst the top 5 A-list DJs in the country in the last decade.

Until now, DJ Neptune has played in the high stakes, perfecting and honing his craft with accolades from industry watchers, entertainment writers and fans. He simply could do no wrong. Its plan to see that he was a natural when it comes to disk jockeying; he was born to spin the wheels of steel, while also churning out many hit songs in collaborations with other artistes that has catapulted his image as an icon in his genre of entertainment all over Africa and the world.

DJ Neptune has played it so safe that he kept his private life out of the public which was one of his most admired traits. He was simply seen as serious, smart, good-looking and respectful. Not many know that Neptune is married to the beautiful daughter of a General and they have a beautiful daughter together.

With other stars beginning to keep it clean, the industry is now ready for stars that would uphold family values and be good examples to the young generation. TuFace has generally cleaned his act since he got married and has successfully changed his Casanova perception in the public sphere. Davido has such respect and love for his wife Chioma that he flaunts her everywhere and makes marriage look pleasing and that perhaps is why Whizkid has vowed to get married this year too.

While these stars who were hitherto seen as bad boys are moving into good boy mode, Neptune sadly seems to be sliding into disrepute as he is beginning to not only flaunt girls who are not his wife on the social media of all places and changing his once admirable wardrobe into what many of his fans feel is a deviation from the clean cut, sharp dressing Neptune they fell in love with, not his new found juvenile style of dressing which has got many in the industry whispering their disapproval behind his back. His admirers and professional colleagues believe he can do far better to dress hip but not silly in tight fitting pants that are short in length and hugs his crouch like a juvenile’s.

Undoubtedly, critiques view Neptune as the most promising DJ to step into the shoes of the well respected Jimmy Jatt…he has proven he can so far but industry watchers are worried that his new persona may negate that dream.

An entertainment reporter said: ‘Neptune seems to be derailing from what he is known and loved for, which is, a bit of mystery, distance from groupies and seriousness, it is my hope that he recognizes this fact and goes back to form because he is one of those set to rule the next decade…if only he does not allow these new distractions he seems to be embracing”.

* Moji DanisaEditor in Chief, Paparazzi Magazine Online

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MARKETING 101 – The Art Of Selling Yourself, Services or Creativity
December 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

By TOCHUKWU YOUNG UMEZULIKE*

In whatever field or career you find yourself in, NEVER stop promoting yourself. Never shy away at any chance to tell people about you, what you are good at, the services or goods you offer/provide and what makes you good at it. Don’t forget that nobody can blow your trumpet better than you.

Sometimes not everyone will respond, reply, give you feedback or even acknowledge they saw or read your message(s) or mail but don’t let that stop or dissuade you. Remember “if you don’t try the answer will always be NO.” So never relent but while you are at it be courteous, respectful or humble if needed. Infact act the fool if it’s required to garner the attention you need. Also know when to push, be aggressive or when to take the soft pedal and meek approach. 

Don’t ever allow one No or non response or bad experience stop you from reaching out to people. Everybody isn’t the same, while some will always find reasons or excuses to say no to you, some would genuinely love to help but sometimes several constraints stand in the way of it. Don’t assume every no is coming from a hater or that nobody wants you to progress or achieve your aim. Because someone says/said NO to you doesn’t mean it won’t end in your favour. The NO may be to push you to where/what you deserve or to propel or lead you to the rightful place you should be. There’s no harm or shame in hyping your capabilities or letting people know about what you do, it’s called marketing 101.

So at every point in life don’t ever be afraid to pursue your goals or passion. Because it didn’t work for the  hundreds or millions before you doesn’t mean it won’t work for you. And just because nobody has done it before doesn’t mean it can’t be done. Don’t let the lack of enthusiasm or excitement from others dampen your resolve or make your interest wane. At times people will sound bored, unimpressed or uninterested simply because the idea or the plan is coming from you whom they see as beneath them or not on the same status, level, category or class with them. Or because the plan/idea isn’t their brainchild. All fingers aren’t equal but that doesn’t mean one finger is more or less important that the others. Same way we all have our spots, corners and niches that we were/are meant to occupy and make our own. Some people will never see anything good about you simply because for no reason they don’t like you, how you dress, your hairstyle, how you talk, your accent, the way you walk or your confidence. There will always be a reason why people won’t like you but all you need is to give them one reason or excuse to like/love you and one person to like/love you or just believe in you.

Marketing and promotion is the one thing everyone or brand needs constantly and no matter how many people or firms you hire to handle your PR, marketing or promo, nobody can hype you better than you can hype yourself. You are your best ambassador so at every given opportunity or chance always promote yourself like it is your last chance to do so. For an artiste the first step is making good music, it’s the number one magic requirement. Forget hype, marketing, promotion, having relationships etc if the music is not good it won’t amount to much over time. Making a great song is your first step in the door, your intro. Once you do that, it’s like a strong magnet, everything else is attracted to it. All the other bits and parts just fall in line to compliment great music. A lot of people will contest this and, I am not trying to say that promotions, marketing, branding, building relationships etc don’t have a hand in pushing/propelling an artiste but bluntly put, if you make a great song, it magnetizes other things around it and makes everything else a tad easier. If you have a weak/wack song, no amount of marketing or relationships will attract the public towards the song. In the short run maybe, but long term it will die an unnatural death and radio/airplays will fizzle out even before it begun.

Relationships & marketing might help put your song in the spotlight or in front of an audience, but no amount of finances or funding will keep an audience interested for long if the song isn’t good enough.

As an artiste, there will be a lot of obstacles in your path but determination, perseverance, confidence in your abilities and believing in yourself will always go a long way. So before you approach anyone to listen to your music or give you their opinion on your music or works, you have to bear three (3) things in mind.

1. do you want to really hear their honest opinion or do you want them to pretend?

2. If it’s not what you expected or not favourable will you accept it in good faith or would you call the person a hater?

3. Do you take criticism well? 

As a creative it’s one thing to create in your zone, but it takes guts to open yourself up to criticism from people you sometimes know, those you don’t know, have never met and some you will never even meet. You have to be prepared to take in whatever you get from people and be able to take what you need and discard those you don’t. Be discerning enough to know the opinions, views or pieces of advice given constructively and those given out of spite or a sense of entitlement. While some will genuinely wish you well and want to see you do great, some will be low key jealous or envious and will never want others to progress or succeed just because it isn’t them getting the accolades.

Ultimately never allow the opinions of others make you abandon your dreams or things you are passionate about. When you hear NO or sense dissent go back and repackage or rebrand or simply try another method or style but NEVER say never.

*TOCHUKWU YOUNG UMEZULIKE aka Toks Asher Young is a Nigerian celebrity talent manager and entertainment entrepreneur.He writes from his wealth of over 12years of experience in the Nigerian music industry. He specializes in nurturing and managing budding talents. An emerging Poet, He loves travelling, making friends, networking and building new connections. He is a staunch believer in Nigerian and African musical talents and fierce promoter of good music . He can be reached at riverside73@gmail.com

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Sierra Leone : Jusas Global Entertainment sets to premier Mind Game in Waterloo on 28th
December 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma

As a way of making sure  the internationally acclaimed Solly wood blockbuster Movie Mind Game reaches every part of Sierra Leone JuSAS Entrepreneurship Network popularly known as JuSAS Global is set to premier its movie on 28th December at the Med Porsh Entertainment Complex , Waterloo, Western Rural District of Freetown.

The movie which captures the story of the dowsabel in the family, is staged around unconditional love , suspense wrangling’s  and more was directed by Sheku M. Sheriff and some leading casts in the country like Desmond Finney , T.J Cole, China Nicky, Randa Sheriff, Kindo Armani , Boss lady , Fatty Sheriff and Salim Sahid Kamara respectively.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with PanAfricanVision.com, the Executive Producer, Mind Game, Abdul Sigismond Sesay, re-echoed that JuSAS GLOBAL is private owned entertainment company officially registered in Ohio and Sierra Leone as a limited liability Company, whose genuine and collective drive is to augment government’s efforts to revive the Movie, Music & Entertainment Industry in Sierra Leone

“Mind Game is not any ordinary movie but a game changer on a mission to change the narrative in the Sierra Leone Movie/ Film Industry. The reason the creme de la creme in the entertainment enterprise were auditioned and acted to concertedly help in sending a loud message that Sollywood is ready to take on globally,’’he said.

He added that  hence  the movie’s blockbuster nature and the current nationwide tour followed by the global next year stating that the country   should view Entertainment as a career path not alternative but a choice which should be the key message.

When asked about the secret behind the so much nominations since the release earlier this year , he replied :”The secret for not just NEA but other nominations like Diaspora Focus and others; I believe is the general acceptability by the government and people of Sierra Leone. It shows that Sierra Leoneans know a quality product when they see or experience one; that’s exactly the case of the blockbuster movie Mind Game attracting several nominations across the board’’

Sigismond Sesay said,  that the movie has gained nation wide recognition with premiers in almost all the major cities and towns in the country which saw hundreds of people to support their project thus thanking all and sundry including the media for their work in making awareness of the movie.

“Challenges in any project is unavoidable but the courage to over come is the difference as in the case of Mind Game . The challenges are huge especially putting up a mind-blowing national talk about movie when the Executive Producer coordinates outside Sierra Leone jurisdiction and relying on Director Sheriff to fix things, ‘’Sigismond Sesay  explained.

The JuSAS boss encouraged people in the Waterloo community not to miss out if they want to dine and wine with dignitaries , celebrities , entrepreneurs adding that they will enjoy the benefits of their monies come this Saturday.

 The Movie was first premiered on July 27th this year under the Distinguished Grand Chief Patron of Hon. Umaru Napoleon Koroma Esq., Francis Ben Kaifala, Commissioner of the Anti- Corruption Commission, and Hon. Mohamed Orman Bangura, among many other high-profile government officials at the Golden Tulip , followed by other premier at British Council , Makeni, Kono  among other areas.

The Movie will be screened again at  the Med Porsh Entertainment 5’5 Waterloo under the distinguish Grand Chief Patron of Med Porsh a popular entrepreneur with individual tickets to be sold for Le 15,000 and for Patron between Le 50,000-90,000 respectively.

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Aj200 just drops new single, a solo project titled “I KNOW
December 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Arnold John Nobe better known as “AJ200” is a self taught graphic artist/designer, rapper, performer and stylist who started his career as Graphic Artist/Designer in the San Francisco, Bay Area underground 8yrs ago.

His talent in designing and art got him noticed and brought him a lot of attention which ultimately led to him doing some work for Nef The Pharaoh, Waka Flocka, Lil Pete, Iamsu!, Kamaiyah and so on. Aj200 has stamped his name as one of the go to graphic designers in the Bay Area. Aj200’s art shows a lot of authenticity, uniqueness and captivating styles. His covers have received recognition from a few art groups e.g: Collage Bay Area Artists and Bay Area Unity.

AJ decided to explore his musical talent and began working on His music project in 2018. In early 2019, AJ 200 got a lot of positive feedback with his first project titled “Hunnid Bandz”. Late 2019, he released a second project titled “FaceTime” with Bay Area’s own Derek King and Capolow304. “FaceTime” is currently getting a lot of radio plays at KMEL. KMEL is an urban radio station based in San Francisco.

Aj200 just dropped his new single, a solo project titled “I KNOW”. A soft/slow song about the pain of dealing with fake friends and making it out on his own.

Aj200 attended a barber school called San Francisco Institute of Esthetics and Cosmetology SFIEC) in 2018. He presently attends City College of San Francisco where he hopes to graduate with a Business degree next year. He has been running things in the Bay Area underground art and design scene for over 8yrs now and is now focused on elevating his musical career as well as getting his music and sound heard worldwide in 2020. He is known as a “Jack of all trades and master of all”

CONNECT WITH AJ

INSTAGRAM/TWITTER @_aj200

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCh6AnulNncd-QE0A-BIK77g

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German Based Gambian Releases New album “We are all one’
December 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

Jarck-boy, German based Gambian Reggae danchall artiste has released his debut album called “We are all one’ available worldwide in all digital platforms.
The album comprised of ten tracks presented by  Full100 Music.  Jarck boy said the album is full of messages that will benefit humanity across the globe authentic Reggae with positive messages.  The songs in the album are Let’s all Unite, We are all one, where is the love, Poverty, Love God, Jah Jah Love, Protect my soul, Mama Loving, Never Let me and thank you all

 “This album is very inspirational if you and all the messages are issues happening in the globe, as as an artiste i want to speak for people by creating more awareness for a better world where human beings can live in harmony and togetherness as one people despite their color, race and religion,” he said.

He said the album has one video that is shot and he and his management team is working hard to shot more video and for the album. He urged his fans in world to watch out more projects from him, as music is a mission to spread the words of positivity.
He explained that they are planning to make album tour concert in Gambia and Europe to spread the message to the wider audience. He commended his label and all the producers that work hard in making sure that the album is a success.
The album can be purchase here …http://www.artistcamp.com/…/we-are…/9008798317554/index.html#.

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Gambia:Tatadindin Jobarteh Ready for AfriCourage Festival
December 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

Tatadindin Jobarteh
Tatadindin Jobarteh

Tatadindin Jobarteh looks forward to his performance at the AfriCourage music festival in Bakau in December 2019.

The Gambian kora legend Tatadindin Jobarteh told AfriCourage that he looks forward to his participation in the upcoming music festival.

He feels that the festival will provide him with a unique opportunity to collaborate and interact with other artists in an international context. On Thursday 21st November 2019 we discussed the upcoming festival at his residence in Brikama, West Coast Region, The Gambia.

Tatadindin Jobarteh was born into a griot family and was trained as a child in the art of the kora by his father.

He told us of the history of the ancient kora harp, originating from Gambia but which migrated to the ancient empire of Mali. In those days, he says, “it was called ‘kontingo’ and this single-string instrument was transformed into the kora. It is used to narrate histories and stories from generations to generations”.

He added the kora “is played by a caste group called Griot, referring to the caste of praise singers, and it is also used to narrate the history of kings and empires”.

Kora Goes to Europe

In 2016, Tatadindin performed in Europe, with dates in 35 German cities. He said his trip to Europe was rather confusing for him, and that he was a little nervous on his first time in European studio, but was pleased that it turned out to be a great experience both for him and the audience alike. He said “everybody liked the way I played my kora. Some were amazed at my performance and asked me whether I was playing it with all my ten fingers, because it sounded like that”.

He explained that the kora has a rhythm, lead and bass function, and that all these roles are performed simultaneously. The kora legend said that many non-griots based in America and Europe come to him to learn how to play kora.

Power in The Gambia

Discussing the material which he will perform at the AfriCourage festival, he confirmed “I will sing a traditional song called ‘Masanneh Ceesay’ (a successful and well-known Gambian businessman from the past)”. He will also perform a new song called ‘NAWEC’. NAWEC is the National Water & Electric Company of The Gambia, and “our electricity system has been bad since the first, second and third republics. I said in my song that if the people vote for me I will change the status quo. So this is a joke about the likelihood of me becoming President”. The random nature of the Gambian power supply suggests that this will not be a praise song.

Regeneration of the Tradition

The AfriCourage festival celebrates the meeting of local and international culture, and the collision of the traditional with the modern. On the emergence and influence of pop music he maintained that “generations, language and tradition change. Traditional music is changing too much but I will never change my tradition”, he said.

He added “coming from a Griot family I can blend my traditional music with modern music but I will not change my instruments and I still have traditional instruments and not modern ones”. He said at the AfriCourage concert, he will play Afromanding kora music with his band. He told us that the band will include “myself as the lead player, two balafon players, two percussion players, bass and lead guitar, a keyboard player, two drummers and two backing vocals”.He said the name of his band is called ‘Salam’ meaning peace, and that many people know him to be a peaceful person. He continued “I am sure my traditional music will survive because we still have some people who still want to keep tradition alive

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Gambian Open Mic onstage in Stuttgart
December 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

All is set for Gambian open mic in Stuttgart in Germany on 6th December, 2019 at Calwer Eck Club. Organised by GMB promotions it will features dancehall, Afrobeat, reggae and hip-hop and artistes lineup are Stony Vybz , Miller DC, Steven Kelly, 50k Thuger, G Stedda, Mafia Click, Popshea 8.8.1, Great Mind, One Corner, Laminator, Topmind Hallis  Kapachaile and Chris Black to be back by deejay Puffy.

Christopher Mendy, alias Chris Black chief executive officer GMB Promotions explained that the concept behind The Gambian open is to scout, promote and harness real talent.

He added that the same way to keep the Gambian artist living in Europe busy on their musical career. GMB promotions been promoting and empowering youth for a decade plus.

“Recently GMB a promotion is the only Gambian label in EU setting trend,” the young promoter outlined.

He noted that he want to create a platform that Gambian artistes in Europe will showcase their talent and earned a decent living through their art.“We intent to make this as an annual event so we are calling on all artistes to come on board to make this happen, by showing that Gambia has a rich culture that other nationals can learn from,” he noted.According to him, part of their plans in future is to inviting Gambian artistes at home to come and perform in the event.

Popularly called Gambian Chris Black pointed out that: “We are determined to entertained, educate by spreading positivity through music”.

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We Want Gambian Artists to Compete on the World Stage- President Barrow tells Musician Jizzle
December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

Jizzle and his team with President Barrow
Jizzle and his team with President Barrow

On the margins of the ongoing President’s Meet the People tour, President Adama Barrow granted an audience to popular Gambian singer Jizzle to congratulate him for successfully launching his latest music album at a mega-concert at the Independence Stadium.

“We are very proud of you. In the past, it is only foreign artists that fill up the stadium. But now we have our own Gambians, very young people like you filling up the stadium. We should all be proud of that. It is a big thing; not for you alone but for the whole country and my government’’, President Barrow said while pointing out that the singer will be counted in history as one of the few to ever fill up the stadium.

Jizzle, born Jerreh Jallow, recently ‘’Finally’’ album concert in front of tens of thousands.The president expressed his personal will and commitment to support every Gambian to explore their creative potentials, stating that ‘’we want Gambians to be competing at the world stage’’.
‘’We don’t want foreign musicians to come to the Gambia to play and make huge amount of money and leave with it… it is not good for the economy. We have to make sure everything remains in The Gambia.’’

While pledging the government’s continuous support for arts and culture, the president revealed that his government has increased the budget allocation to an unprecedented amount for the promotion of the sector.

He advised Jizzle to remain committed to music as a career and profession in order to keep the momentum.

On his part, Jizzle said he was honoured to be received by the president to offer his personal congratulations. He called for continuous government support for the music industry.

Alagie Muhammed Darboe, the spokesperson for the artist also thanked the president for taking time out of his busy schedule to meet them.

 

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Awarding Wining Gambia’s Afro-Pop singer Makes History For Highest sold out Concert
November 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Bakary Ceesay

Jizzle, multiple awarding wining Gambia’s afro-pop artiste has makes history as he filled the stadium of 30,000 capacities during his Finally album concert on 23rd  November, 2019 at Independence stadium.

 The Finally concert dubbed as ‘#Fessal #Estade’ meaning fill up the stadium has featured Gambia’s finest artistes and Senegalese finest artistes.

Finally, is Jizzle debut album was released on 9th August, 2019 comprised of of twelve tracks representing the sounds of Afro pop, Afrobeat, and Afro-fuzion with elements of Hip Hop.

In September, 2019 has embarked on a three-week European tour in Sweden, Italy, and Germany to promote finally album.  All of his shows display his dynamic stage presence and performance.

The album features a number of West African Artists, Dip Doundou Guiss, Samba, Peuzzi, Bm Jaay, and Hakill from Senegal.  Shaydee represents Nigeria and Gee from The Gambia. 

  It was the most surreal moment for the Gambian music industry, no concert at the stadium from Davido to Chronixx to Movado to even Youssou Ndour has received the type of crowd that Jizzle received on Saturday, November 23rd.

As happiness exuded from him, an emotional Jizzle told the crowd, “This is not my show; this show is for the Gambian music industry. All of us as artists.  When one shines, we all shine. There is no competition and we must have love and support for each other. When one of us wins, we all win.”

Jizzle called on Gambians to believe in Gambian music by supporting the local artists to stardom.
He commended his fans for their huge turnout at the stadium. “This is Gambia. We have abundant talent; let’s support them”.

Jizzle also commended his sponsors and the international artists who came all the way from Senegal and Europe to grace the show.

A number of singles have been released from the album accompanied by video like Finally, Joanna, Just In Case.  However, it was Turn By Turn that became number one on Apple Top 100 Gambia for five weeks.  The album was also number 1 on Apple Music Gambia.

Jizzle has worked very hard and has proven that his craft is ready to compete and shine on the world stage.  His entrance on the stage at the Finally Concert was one in a million. Covered in a white cashmere robe, he was dressed in white with a silver face mask; the crowd went into frenzy. 

Finally, the album was released three months ago on all digital platforms.  Since its release, it has definitely proven to be the hottest album on the streets of the Gambia. There is no car, shop, or community that you go into that is not blasting Jizzle’s album.  The country has uplifted him to the highest level and everyone is proud of him.

One of Jizzle’s wonders is that he sings in three major West African languages – Fula, Mandingo and Wolof – and an international language, English, making him a marketable brand, both at home and abroad.  His stage presence, energy, and delivery are impeccable. 

He has received the highest accolades in the Gambian music industry for his singles and videos. He also did his first European tour over the summer starting with the Selam Festival in Sweden then to other European countries. He will continue to do international shows in December and throughout 2020.

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