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OMAH LAY CONCERT ALREADY CREATING BUZZ

One of the most anticipated upcoming concerts, Omah Lay live in The Gambia, is creating buzz among music lovers.

Stanley Omah Didiah, better known as Omah Lay, is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and record producer.

Omah Lay released his self-produced debut single Do Not Disturb in April 2019, and won the Next Rated Award at the 2020 Headies Awards.

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The young Nigerian star is on his way to The Gambia on the 29 May 2021 courtesy of Mam Diarra Production

In an exclusive with Standard Lite, Pa Malick Mbye, CEO of Mam Diarra Production, the promoter of the concert, said the event is going to be exceptional “knowing that Omah Lay is the most listened-to artiste in Nigerian music right now. He has been on the top list songs on audio Mac, Apple music, and many other entertainment apps.”

In addition to Omah Lay, the organisers are setting an impressive line-up of The Gambia’s top three rap artistes to be at the groundbreaking event.

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“It’s been a while since Gambians had such a line-up within the Gambian artistes and we came through to make it happen by bringing ST, Attack, and Jizzle and others to perform,” Mr Mbye said.

Known for diligence in giving the best to music lovers at the perfect time, Mam Diarra Production sets the clock ticking after a long while without a party due to the pandemic.

“Keeping a promise to the Gambian people that I will do my best to make sure we give them the best of entertainment. We are anticipating a massive turnout for the concert as people are even doubting if QCity would be big enough for the concert,” he said. Tickets are already out!

Musigam signs D75,000 contract with NCAC on Covid awareness songs

The president of the Musicians’ Union of The Gambia (Musigam) Momodou M  Sarr has signed a contract with the National Center for Arts and Culture on a project called Unesco-Ecowas common cultural response to Covid-19.

The project aims to support arts and cultural creators in the production and dissemination of relevant information to fight the spread of the virus and the vaccine hesitancy.

NCAC contracts Musigam to record three songs by three Gambian artists as well as three studios to rapidly, effectively and efficiently work on songs that have messages as developed by the Writers’ Association of The Gambia (WAG).

“We want to use this opportunity to thank the NCAC for putting this project in place for all the artistic associations,” the Union said on its Facebook page.

The contract is signed to the tune of D75,000 which takes charge of the entire project at the level of Musigam.

Gambian-British rapper wins BRIT award 2021

J Hus, a Gambian-British rapper has grabbed another accolade after winning his first BRIT Award.

The Awards Platform, which is the British Phonographic Industry’s annual celebration of popular music, was first held in 1977 and was moved from February to May due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Afro-swing pioneer edged AJ Tracey, Headie One, Joel Corry and Yungblud to win his first BRIT Award. He was last nominated at the 2018 BRITs in three categories including British Album of the Year, Best Single of the Year and British Breakthrough Act.

DJ Semtex, accepting the award on behalf of the absent J Hus, described the rapper as “an incredible artiste” and “one of the greatest”.

The English DJ, author, radio DJ and podcast host continued: “He makes music that makes our days a little bit easier, our lives a little bit easier. If he was here tonight, I know he would want to big up his family, friends, team and all the fans who have been with him from day one.”

J Hus was born Momodou Lamin Jallow in London and raised by his Gambian mother who moved to England when she was 25 years old. He is behind two studio albums, namely 2017’s Common Sense and 2020’s Big Conspiracy. He is also popular for singles including Friendly and Did You See.

Meanwhile, Nigerian Afro-fusion star Burna Boy lost in the International Male Solo Artist category to Canadian singer The Weeknd; Taylor Swift won the Global Icon Award, while English singer and songwriter Dua Lipa’s Future Nostalgia picked up the Mastercard Album Award.

Naomi Campbell welcomes first child at 50!

British model, actress and businesswoman Naomi Campbell welcomed her baby girl in a heartfelt post she shared on her Instagram and twitter celebrating her entry into motherhood.

The 50-year-old supermodel shared a sweet photo cradling her daughter’s feet in her hand with a caption “A beautiful little blessing has chosen me to be her mother”.

Several of the fashion industry’s celebrities congratulated Campbell in the comments of the post including Marc Jacobs and Donatella Versace.

“In my life there are no words to describe the lifelong bond that I now share with you my angel,” the model continued “there is no greater love”.

Campbell shows no sign of a baby bump in her social media posts over the last months and has yet to disclose any information about the Baby’s Daddy and whether he will be involved in her and daughter’s life.

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