With Sheriff Janko
Gambian rapper-cum-activist Killa Ace has spoken about his new projects in the pipeline, describing 2017 as a successful year for him musically. The outspoken hip hop star said among his new projects is a nationwide tour and international collaborations.
Since his arrival at a tender age, Ali Cham, known by his stage name Killa Ace has established himself as one of The Gambia’s finest hip-hop stars thanks to his hardcore lyrics.
Killa Ace shot to international fame following the release of his hit single Ku Boka C Geta G, in which he speaks against social injustices, oppression, corruption and lack of freedom of expression under the former regime. The song released in 2015 immediately went viral on social media and received rave reviews especially on Sound Cloud.
Shortly after the release, he fled the country for his safety and was in exile in neighbouring Senegal. He returned to the country at the dawn of the new coalition government.
“It’s going to be a beautiful year musically. This year I have three major events coming. I have a lot of partnership events internationally that I’m also working on. I just hope that The Gambia prays for me to represent the country to the highest platform. I want to come bigger every year and expand my network. I want to focus now on the international market and take my career to another level” he told Standard Lite midweek.
Through Team Gomsa Bopa and Y Plus, Killa Ace is spearheading a nationwide campaign to increase citizens awareness at the grassroots. This campaign will take the form of musical concerts, comedy, drama, workshops and sporting events to put the message across.
“We have an action plan for each of the six regions of the country. The overall idea of the project is to ensure that the people of the country safeguard the democracy that they voted for and that is through citizen engagement. We know that there is a lot of civic awareness that needs to be done because if you don’t have a certain level of awareness it would be hard to engage citizens,” he added.
Killa Ace made a noteworthy appearance at the last Open Mic Fest at the Bakau stadium.
Over the years, he has participated in international festivals most notably FESTAH, organised by Afrikculture Urban in Dakar.