Yusupha Ngum

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Yusupha Ngum
Yusupha Ngum performing and the Affia Band Nov 2018a.png
Born
Yusupha Ngum
ResidenceMelbourne, Australia
OccupationSinger, songwriter
Notable work
Ndigal
Yaay Borom
Golden Jubilee

Yusupha Ngum is a singer and songwriter from Gambia, also known by the stage name "Joloffman". He has performed in a variety of styles, including mbalax, folk music, rap, jazz fusion, and Afro fusion music. Yusupha is currently based in Australia.

Life[edit]

Yusupha's father was Musa Ngum[1] (also often spelled "Moussa Ngom"). Musa Ngum was a griot, and a highly successful singer in Gambia and Senegal.[2] Yusupha followed in the griot tradition of his father.[3]

Career[edit]

Yusupha started his music career by co-founding the rap band Galaxy Crew in 1998. With Galaxy Crew, Yusupha released three albums, Bamba (2000), Peace and Blessings (2001) and Toloff-Toloff (2004).[4]

Yusupha started his solo career in 2005, where he shifted to creating mbalax music. As a solo artist, Yusupha released his first album in 2006, titled Ndigal.[4]

In 2007, Yusupha went on a two-month tour of Sweden.[5][6]

In 2009, Yusupha released his second solo album, titled Yaay Borom,[7] which reached no. 3 on the Gambian album charts.[8]

In 2015, Yusupha released his third solo album, Golden Jubilee, to celebrate the 50th year of Gambia's independence.[9]

In 2013, Yusupha along with two partners formed the Australia-based trio Jaaleekaay. In 2016, Jaaleekaay released their self-titled album.[3][10] In its review of the 2016 National Folk Festival, Scenestr described Jaaleekaay as "the band of the festival".[11]

Yusupha is currently based in Melbourne, Australia,[12] and is the lead singer of Yusupha Ngum & the Affia Band[13][14] and also of the band Ausecuma Beats.[15]

In 2018, Yusupha Ngum & the Affia Band recorded a song, "Gainde", to celebrate the Senegal team's qualification in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[13] The song was widely reported in the Gambian and Senegalese media.[14][16][17][18][19][20][21]

In July 2018, Yusupha appeared as part of an ensemble shot on the cover of Beat Magazine, representing the band Ausecuma Beats.[22]

After a performance at the Healesville Music Festival, the chair of the festival nominated the set by Yusupha Ngum & the Affia Band as one of the "stand out" performances, and mentioned the band as "among some of the big names that really pulled the crowds".[23]

In 2019, Yusupha Ngum & the Affia Band included jazz fusion music in their repertoire at the Castlemaine Jazz Festival.[24][25][26]

Accomplishments and awards[edit]

In 2009, Yusupha won the award for the "Most Radio Played Artist Male" category at the Gamspirit Music Awards.[27][28]

In 2015, Yusupha was nominated for both the "Best Mbalax Artist" and "Best Traditional Artist" categories of the Purely Gambian Entertainment awards.[29]

Partial Discography[edit]

Solo Albums[edit]

  • 2006 Ndigal
  • 2009 Yaay Borom (#3 Gambia album chart)[8]
  • 2015 Golden Jubilee

With Galaxy Crew[edit]

  • 2000 Bamba
  • 2001 Peace and Blessings
  • 2004 Toloff-Toloff

With Jaaleekaay[edit]

  • 2016 Jaaleekaay

With Ausecuma Beats[edit]

  • 2019 Ausecuma Beats

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Musa Ngum tribute concert held", The Point (the Gambia), October 21, 2016. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  2. ^ Panzacchi, Cornelia (1994). "The Livelihoods of Traditional Griots in Modern Senegal". Africa: Journal of the International African Institute. 64 (2): 202. doi:10.2307/1160979. JSTOR 1160979.
  3. ^ a b "Jaaleekaay, a West African musical crossing point", The Northern Star, April 22, 2016. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Gambia: Yusupha Ngum Determined To Reach The Zenith Of Music", Foroyaa, December 7, 2007. Also reposted at [1]. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  5. ^ "Gambia: Yusupha Ngum Blazing in Sweden", The Daily Observer, September 2, 2007. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "Yusupha Ngum returns from Sweden", The Daily Observer, September 19, 2007. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  7. ^ "Whats On: Jolof man releases new album", The Daily Observer, March 20, 2009. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Top Ten Albums of The Week", The Point (the Gambia), May 29, 2009. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  9. ^ "Yusupha Ngum Ndokaleh (Congratulations) Album Launch" (video), YouTube, February 13, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  10. ^ "Jaaleekaay Album Launch Show", Common Ground Byron Bay, April 21, 2016. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  11. ^ "The National Folk Festival 2016 Review", Scenestr, April 8, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  12. ^ "Africans are making a rich contribution to Australia’s contemporary soundtrack", The Conversation (website), September 13, 2018. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  13. ^ a b "Melbourne Band composes anthem for Senegal in the World Cup", Salt : African-Australian news magazine, June 20, 2018. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Yusupha Ngum Composes Song For Senegal’s World Cup Team", JollofNews, June 19, 2018. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  15. ^ "On Sydney Road, where Gambia meets Cuba via Japan and … Ballarat", The Citizen, May 8, 2018. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  16. ^ "Yusupha Ngum Composes Song For Senegal’s World Cup Team", The World News, June 20, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  17. ^ "« Gainde » : Yusupha Ngum, fils de Moussa Ngom, chante les Lions", SeneNews, June 20, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  18. ^ "« Gainde » : Yusupha Ngum, fils de Moussa Ngom, chante les Lions", Sen360.sn, June 20, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  19. ^ "« Gainde » : Yusupha Ngum, fils de Moussa Ngom, chante les Lions", SeneTribune, June 20, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  20. ^ "« Gainde » : Yusupha Ngum, fils de Moussa Ngom, chante les Lions", Africa News Hub, June 20, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  21. ^ "Yusupha Ngum »Gainde»", Xalima.com, June 21, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  22. ^ "Beat Magazine issue 1634: Leaps and Bounds Music Festival (cover)", Beat Magazine, July 11, 2018. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  23. ^ "Hills music magnet", Mountain Views Mail, November 13, 2017. Also at [2] (page 1). Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  24. ^ "Tempo builds for jazz fest", Midland Express, May 14, 2019. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  25. ^ "The Castlemaine Jazz Festival is back for its sixth year", Beat Magazine, May 15, 2019. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  26. ^ "Castlemaine Jazz Festival, Queens Birthday Weekend, June 8-10 2019", CultureMad Lifestyle Magazine, June 29, 2019. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  27. ^ "Oussou Njie Senior Received Life Time Achievement Award", The Point (the Gambia), April 29, 2009. Another copy is at [3]. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  28. ^ "Whats On: All set for Gamspirit Music Awards", The Daily Observer, April 16, 2009. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  29. ^ "Purely Gambian Entertainment and Awards Night nominations announced: See the full list", What's On Gambia, March 11, 2015. Retrieved January 14, 2019.