St Brikama Boyo

By: Bakary Ceesay, in Germany

Multiple Awards winning Gambian artiste, ST, alias Brikama Boyo has been nominated for the Galsen HIP HOP Awards under the categories of Best African Artist and Best Album Awards in Africa.

ST’s, DINDING Mansa album was nominated as best african album in 2020 in the annual Senegalese award scheme created to celebrate and encourage performers involved in creative artistic work.

ST Brikama Boyo said:”We have been nominated for the Galsen HIP HOP Awards under the categories of Best African Artist and Best Album Awards in Africa.

Music fans are now being encouraged to vote for nominees via the following links,

Saluto Ning Respecko…..! https://galsenhiphopawards.com/vote/ 

It all started with “WHO IS ST” in 2007 when there’s was no audience for local music talk-less of making money in the Gambia’s music scene.

The artiste made a great breakthrough that galvanised new audiences and revived  Gambian music witb drops like “HAFTAN” in 2012, which became a popular local hit in the country. ST went on to release another banger in “DARA DU DOI” in the same year leading to his first studio debut album in 2013, ‘DISTINCTION ALBUM’.

In 2014 he dropped a major hit song which was the biggest hit of the year tittled “ALING DOMO”. The song quickly propelled him to the limelight.

“RESPECKO” will soon come out to dominate the streets where kids used it as anthem piece for the new times.

In 2016, ST premiered another song which announced his readiness to storm the nation with more music until he saves millions. “TAS DEKABI” is still a major hit.

The Brikama born artist made his second debut album “WAATOTIJEY” in 2019 gathering hit songs that went to establish his pedigree as the new King of the country’s popular Manding pop rap genre inducing the Gambia’s rich diversity.

ST continues to make great headway in the music scene with a 2020 “SALUTO” album that took the industry by storm. The platinum work will be followed by his third debut album “FUWAREYAA” which registered one of the biggest album launch concerts in the  Gambia.

In 2019 ST dropped his fourth debut album “GAMBIANA” which preached  love for  country. The album launch sold more than 45,000 tickets.

‘DINDING MANSA’ will follow in 2020 with a mega attendance at the Independence stadium, where ST attracted his biggest ever crowd in a sold out event that pushed the industry to new heights as local hits took new dominion over all other genres.

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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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