Yusupha Ngum

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Yusupha Ngum
Yusupha Ngum performing and the Affia Band Nov 2018a.png
OccupationSinger, songwriter
Notable work
Ndigal
Yaay Borom
Golden Jubilee
Musical career
Genres

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]

When he was growing up, Yusupha went to a Franco-Arab school in Senegal.[4]

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).[5]

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.[5]

In 2007, Yusupha went on a two-month tour of Sweden.[6][7]

In 2009, Yusupha released his second solo album, titled Yaay Borom,[8] which reached no. 3 on the Gambian album charts.[9]

In 2015, Yusupha released his third solo album, Golden Jubilee, to celebrate the 50th year of Gambia's independence.[10]

In 2013, Yusupha along with two partners formed the Australia-based trio Jaaleekaay. In 2016, Jaaleekaay released their self-titled album.[3][11] In its review of the 2016 National Folk Festival, Scenestr described Jaaleekaay as "the band of the festival".[12]

Yusupha is currently based in Melbourne, Australia,[13] and is the lead singer of Yusupha Ngum and the Affia Band[14][15] and was the original lead singer of the band Ausecuma Beats.[16]

In 2018, Yusupha Ngum & the Affia Band recorded a song, "Gainde", to celebrate the Senegal team's qualification in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[14] The song was widely reported in the Gambian and Senegalese media.[15][17][18][19][20][21][22]

In July 2018, Yusupha appeared as part of an ensemble shot on the cover of Beat Magazine, representing the band Ausecuma Beats.[23]

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 named the band as one of three he listed as "among some of the big names that really pulled the crowds".[24]

In 2019, Yusupha Ngum & the Affia Band included jazz fusion music in their repertoire at the Castlemaine Jazz Festival.[25][26][27]

In 2019, Ausecuma Beats released their self-titled EP,[28] and released their self-titled album in 2020,[29] with Yusupha on lead vocals on every track except for one vocal track and one instrumental track. Yusupha Ngum left Ausecuma Beats in 2020.

Accomplishments and awards[edit]

In 2009, Yusupha won the award for the "Most Radio Played Artist Male" category at the Gamspirit Music Awards.[30][31]

In 2015, Yusupha was nominated for both the "Best Mbalax Artist" and "Best Traditional Artist" categories of the Purely Gambian Entertainment awards.[32]

Partial Discography[edit]

Solo[edit]

Albums:

  • 2006 Ndigal
  • 2009 Yaay Borom (#3 Gambia album chart)[9]
  • 2015 Golden Jubilee

With Galaxy Crew[edit]

Albums:

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

With Jaaleekaay[edit]

Albums:

  • 2016 Jaaleekaay

With Yusupha Ngum & the Affia Band[edit]

Singles:

  • 2018 Gaïndé

With Ausecuma Beats[edit]

Albums:

  • 2019 Ausecuma Beats (EP)
  • 2020 Ausecuma Beats (album)

Singles:

  • 2019 Aida (#2 Amrap Metro Chart)[28][33][34]
  • 2020 Yelena
  • 2020 Cherie

With Vellúa[edit]

Singles:

  • 2019 Ibra Fall

Partial Videography[edit]

Solo[edit]

  • Fans
  • 2016 Fatou Remix
  • 2017 Don Sa Bopp (with Jaliba Kuyateh and Tuti Sanyang)
  • 2021 Maam Bamba Jerejeff (a capella)

With Galaxy Crew[edit]

  • Mariama
  • Fatou

With Yusupha Ngum & the Affia Band[edit]

  • 2016 Taysito
  • 2016 Citizens of this World
  • 2018 Gaïndé

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Musa Ngum tribute concert held" Archived 2019-12-11 at the Wayback Machine, 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" Archived 2019-01-15 at the Wayback Machine, The Northern Star, April 22, 2016. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  4. ^ "Gambia: Jollofman - Music Unifies, Politics Divides" Archived 2014-10-24 at the Wayback Machine, Foroyaa, May 8, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Gambia: Yusupha Ngum Determined To Reach The Zenith Of Music" Archived 2007-12-30 at the Wayback Machine, Foroyaa, December 7, 2007. Also reposted at [1] Archived 2019-01-14 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "Gambia: Yusupha Ngum Blazing in Sweden", The Daily Observer, September 2, 2007. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  7. ^ "Yusupha Ngum returns from Sweden" Archived 2019-01-15 at the Wayback Machine, The Daily Observer, September 19, 2007. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  8. ^ "Whats On: Jolof man releases new album" Archived 2019-01-14 at the Wayback Machine, The Daily Observer, March 20, 2009. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Top Ten Albums of The Week" Archived 2019-01-14 at the Wayback Machine, The Point (the Gambia), May 29, 2009. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  10. ^ "Yusupha Ngum Ndokaleh (Congratulations) Album Launch" (video) Archived 2021-12-04 at the Wayback Machine, YouTube, February 13, 2015. Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  11. ^ "Jaaleekaay Album Launch Show" Archived 2019-01-14 at the Wayback Machine, Common Ground Byron Bay, April 21, 2016. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  12. ^ "The National Folk Festival 2016 Review" Archived 2019-01-19 at the Wayback Machine, Scenestr, April 8, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2019.
  13. ^ "Africans are making a rich contribution to Australia’s contemporary soundtrack" Archived 2019-01-14 at the Wayback Machine, The Conversation (website), September 13, 2018. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Melbourne Band composes anthem for Senegal in the World Cup" Archived 2019-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, Salt : African-Australian news magazine, June 20, 2018. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  15. ^ a b "Yusupha Ngum Composes Song For Senegal’s World Cup Team" Archived 2019-01-14 at the Wayback Machine, JollofNews, June 19, 2018. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  16. ^ "On Sydney Road, where Gambia meets Cuba via Japan and … Ballarat" Archived 2019-01-14 at the Wayback Machine, The Citizen, May 8, 2018. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  17. ^ "Yusupha Ngum Composes Song For Senegal’s World Cup Team" Archived 2019-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, The World News, June 20, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  18. ^ "« Gainde » : Yusupha Ngum, fils de Moussa Ngom, chante les Lions" Archived 2019-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, SeneNews, June 20, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  19. ^ "« Gainde » : Yusupha Ngum, fils de Moussa Ngom, chante les Lions" Archived 2019-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, Sen360.sn, June 20, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  20. ^ "« Gainde » : Yusupha Ngum, fils de Moussa Ngom, chante les Lions" Archived 2019-01-16 at the Wayback Machine, SeneTribune, June 20, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  21. ^ "« Gainde » : Yusupha Ngum, fils de Moussa Ngom, chante les Lions" Archived 2019-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, Africa News Hub, June 20, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  22. ^ "Yusupha Ngum »Gainde»" Archived 2019-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, Xalima.com, June 21, 2018. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  23. ^ "Beat Magazine issue 1634: Leaps and Bounds Music Festival (cover)" Archived 2021-12-04 at the Wayback Machine, Beat Magazine, July 11, 2018. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  24. ^ "Hills music magnet" Archived 2019-12-09 at the Wayback Machine, Mountain Views Mail, November 13, 2017. Also at [2] Archived 2021-11-29 at the Wayback Machine (page 1). Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  25. ^ "Tempo builds for jazz fest" Archived 2019-12-09 at the Wayback Machine, Midland Express, May 14, 2019. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  26. ^ "The Castlemaine Jazz Festival is back for its sixth year" Archived 2019-05-16 at the Wayback Machine, Beat Magazine, May 15, 2019. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  27. ^ "Castlemaine Jazz Festival, Queens Birthday Weekend, June 8-10 2019" Archived 2019-12-20 at the Wayback Machine, CultureMad Lifestyle Magazine, June 29, 2019. Retrieved June 29, 2019.
  28. ^ a b "Ausecuma Beats Debut With Aida!" Archived 2021-04-17 at the Wayback Machine, Community Broadcasting Association of Australia, November 18, 2019. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  29. ^ " Ausecuma Beats – Ausecuma Beats" Archived 2021-03-02 at the Wayback Machine, Discogs, November 20, 2020. Retrieved January 14, 2021.
  30. ^ "Oussou Njie Senior Received Life Time Achievement Award" Archived 2019-01-14 at the Wayback Machine, The Point (the Gambia), April 29, 2009. Another copy is at [3] Archived 2019-01-14 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  31. ^ "Whats On: All set for Gamspirit Music Awards" Archived 2019-01-14 at the Wayback Machine, The Daily Observer, April 16, 2009. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  32. ^ "Purely Gambian Entertainment and Awards Night nominations announced: See the full list" Archived 2021-04-15 at the Wayback Machine, What's On Gambia, March 11, 2015. Retrieved January 14, 2019.
  33. ^ "Amrap Metro Chart" Archived 2020-04-19 at the Wayback Machine, Amrap AirIt, November 18, 2019. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  34. ^ "Amrap Metro Chart" Archived 2020-04-19 at the Wayback Machine, Amrap AirIt, December 2, 2019. Retrieved December 3, 2019.