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Oslo Based- Gambian Rapper To Release New Album, “Ethnicity”

Babacarr Joof alias B-Da Sufi, solo hip-hop artist

Babacarr Joof alias B-Da Sufi is a solo hip-hop artist currently residing in Oslo, Norway. He was born in The Gambia and grew up in Senegal. So far, B-Da Sufi has released 6 studio albums with “Ethnicity” about to be the latest.

The year 1996 was when Babacarr Joof got inspired by music creativity as he started to openly address important issues such as slavery, poverty, and politics through his talent.

B-Da Sufi has since developed a multilingual style of rapping. His lyrics include rapping in English, Norwegian, Wolof and other languages. The blend of different languages gives B-Da Sufi a unique and interesting style of hip-hop.

In an online interview with The Chronicle, the rapper shared his plans of jetting to the Gambia after the end of the Pandemic in order to set his promotions and activities on the ground.

He said the album project includes producing music videos and staging events.  On his social media accounts, B-Da Sufi always display pictures of him with praying beads portraying his belief as a follower of the Nyassen Brotherhood (Baye Nyass).

In 2013, he released an album called ‘Hip-Hop Still’ then in 2017 he released “I Wish”. It’s still available on digital platforms. Sufi also did a tour for this album in Norway.

2018 also saw the release of another album called “Flowing into the Blues” and he did a tour of Africa with this album.

Prior to the launch of this new album, B-Da Sufi dropped a new song called “Warm-up”, a precursor to “Ethnicity” which will be released this 2021.

The “Ethnicity” Album Background

B-Da Sufi calls this new album “Ethnicity” in relation with Senegal and The Gambia. There are diverse ethnic groups in these two countries with each endowed with a multitude variety very rich rhythm and melodies. With his new album, Sufi’s aim to bring these colors into one project to show the world the gems that Senegal and The Gambia are blessed with. Each track on the “Ethnicity” album tells a different story.

The lyrics in the album highlight different story line on issues about people who travel to Europe in search of a better living, celebrity life, self-belief, love, unity and the diverse ethnics in Africa, especially in Senegal and The Gambia.

The album has featured various artists that do different music genres and hail from different countries. It is produced in its entirety by Oumar Traoré/Xalam Records & Sufi Records.

The Seven tract in the album list feature several stars namely, Marcus of Norway, Leuz Diwane G, You MKJ, Fuk n Kuk, Aroo & PPS all hailing from Senegal, Sambou Suso and Barham from the Gambia etc.





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