Gambian Hip Hop – Style & Hip Hop Music Culture
The foundation of hip hop in Gambia takes place in the early 1990s after the release of the first national television called “Gambia Radio & Television Services (GRTS)”.
Among the first rap groups we mention:
These crews were among the best known in those times as combining different styles like: Salsa, Dancehall, Reggae, Hip Hop or by a combination of the styles which makes those African troops to be distinctive from other hip hop bands from around the world.
After graduating, Tazman’s, on his real name Tijan Jabang, former member of “House Vibes“, along with Mohammed Kah (Mo-Hawk), Joseph Senghore (Seabreeze) and Samuel George (DJ Graduate) have officially formed the band in 1997 called Da Fugitivz.
Each Member had a different style, Tazman and DJ Graduate were inclined towards dancehall and reggae, Mo-Hawk spits rap in “Wollof” language and Seabreeze filled the hearts of listeners with a Soulful R&B.
Shortly afterwards the band near capital Banjul, will become one of the most popular crews of African Hip Hop Music . Among their singles: “Ndongo Dara“, “Lingai Jai” or “Indilmasa Love“.
Following the release of the first album “Fu 4 Life” they will be invited in Germany at Pop Com Musical Festival where they perform together with big names from the music industry, which will be weighing heavy in their musical career.
The group will be included in the compilation called “Africa Raps” produced by Jay Rudledge for a German label be the name of Trikon which contain the finest African bands of the moment.
This crew from Western Africa is followed by a drastically growth in International Rap Industry, in 2000 the first concert takes place in the United States of America, 2001 will catch the first contract with Sony Music signed in Paris, followed by the release of their second album which includes the well-known song “Sha La La Laa”.
Follow important tours in Europe and a 3rd contract signed in Sweden with Double-Dog Records for a 3-year agreement.