Masta Lion, Helsinki-based Gambian afro-reggae artiste

By: Bakary Ceesay, in Germany

Masta Lion, Helsinki-based Gambian afro-reggae artiste, has released his debut album called ‘Tribute to Mama’ in all digital platforms.

The new album, which comprises ten tracks, was produced by Pak Music and Hardcore Production featuring Black Thunder, Sizzla Kalangi, Anthony B, Ras Askia Singateh and Akipunture.

Masta Lion told The Alkamba Times: “My mother, who has always been my key motivator, passed away on March 5th 2021 which wasn’t easy but I have to take faith and continue praying for her. This ‘Tribute to Mama’ concept is specially dedicated to her and all the mothers around the globe because they’re playing vital roles in everyone’s life.”

He stressed that this makes him stronger to go for this transition and work as a recording artist to continue his late mother’s mission.

He explained: “Music has been in my blood which I inherited from my beloved mother and I got inspired by her since childhood.”

He recalled that in his early childhood, he used to go with his mother to different religious gatherings where he started his singing career but due to circumstances he was unable to take that path seriously.

He added that in the early 90s in Gambia, he started playing as a Deejay in naming ceremonies, club gigs and private events etc.

“While in Finland, I was doing this deejaying while studying and it became a passion but it wasn’t easy but I was prepared to face the challenges on my musical journey. I studied multicultural event management and acquired a Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management which prepared me to do events that bring people from different backgrounds to embrace peace, love and unity through music,” Masta Lion, also chief executive officer of Masta Lion Promotions, said.

“I am really thankful to all the artists, producers and friends for their great support in making this project a successful one. I will continue working hard to come with more songs and videos to entertain my fans globally.”

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Mr. Sainey M.K. Marenah is a Prominent Gambian journalist, founding editor The Alkamba Times and formerly head of communications at the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC) and Communications and PR Consultant for The Gambia Pilot Program, under Gamworks. Mr. Marenah served as the Social media Strategist and Editor at Gambia Radio and Television Services. He is also the Banjul Correspondent for Voice of America Radio. Sainey is a human rights and developmental journalist who has carved a strong niche particularly in new media environments in the Gambian media industry. Mr. Marenah began his career as a junior reporter with the Point Newspaper in the Gambia in 2008 and rose through the ranks to become Chief correspondent before moving to The Standard Newspaper also in Banjul as Editorial Assistant and head of News. He is a household name in the Gambia’s media industry having covered some of the most important stories in the former and current government. These include the high profile treason cases including the Trial of Former military chiefs in Banjul in 2009 to 2012. Following his arrest and imprisonment by the former regime of President, Yahya Jammeh in 2014, Marenah moved to Dakar Senegal where he continues to practice Journalism freelancing for various local and international Media organization’s including the BBC, Al-Jazeera, VOA, and ZDF TV in Germany among others. He is the co-Founder of the Banjul Based Media Center for Research and Development; an institution specialized in research and development undertakings. As a journalist and Communication Expert, focused on supporting the Gambia's transitional process, Mr Marenah continues to play a pivotal role in shaping a viable media and communications platform that engages necessary tools and action to increase civic participation and awareness of the needs of transitional governance to strengthen the current move towards democratization. Mr. Marenah has traveled extensively as a professional journalist in both Europe, Africa and United States and attended several local and international media trainings.

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