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.”