Royal Messenjah – Gambia

The time has come to present Royal Messenjah from Gambia. He comes from a musical family with ancient music traditions. His parants are griot (for those who don’t know, the griots of West Africa were the ones that held history like libraries. But insted of putting the information in books the griots made songs about the historical happenings of kings and queen and important happenings. They passed the songs on to the next generation so that the knowledge they have today has come from ancient times. The songs were not changed but things was added as new history and world affairs came about. It could take half a lifetime to master the songs. The women griot often perform at name giving ceremonies and such…) Sorry about my rambling on about the griots but you do have to respect them.

The artists name is privately Ali Gaye and he grew up with music as his mother is a griot singer and his father a Senegalese griot drummer playing various West African Sabar drums like the Djembe, the Nder, the Mbombong or Mbeng mbeng, the Gorong talmbat and the Xiin.

With that background he ultimately came into contact with the reggae music of Buju Banton and Sizzla and many others and soon started producing his own reggae.

His own music  is inspired by trying to spread positive messages about love and unity and here are some samples from his debut album.

I Cry


Signs of the times



About Rasta teacher

The two most important things in life are love and music. I would almost say that they are the same; love is life and life is music. Perfect love!
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2 Responses to Royal Messenjah – Gambia

  1. iNi give thanks fah di blessed connection!

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  2. ky says:

    this is a really great post, i love how you explain what Griots are and you definetley have to respect them. Is this a sub group of reggae, the griots? or not really? the only reggae I ever listen to is bob marley and people like him. is it the same? Are there other current reggae stars besides him? who do you suggest? I would love to learn all about this! Are there any women artists that are very prominent today? And do many of the reggae artists mainly come from Jamaica and that area? I love your blog and will continue to read 🙂

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