Black Thunder: Artistes must be discipline in their lyrics

Friday, May 17, 2019

Gambian Switzerland-based reggae dancehall artiste Black Thunder has asked Gambian artistes to be discipline in their lyrics and to always show humbleness in their trade.

“Artistes must show humility and respect to their fans and followers and apply discipline in their lyrics and interviews,” he said in a recent interview.

He said artistes have to regularly show free smiling face to people, saying being an artiste does not mean you should be wearing big bling-bling (earings) and bragging around. “Instead you should show humility to the people following you for free.”

In contradiction to the believe Gambian has, Black Thunder said Jamaica and Gambia have no similar culture and believe.“Jamaican culture socially is not seen in The Gambia,” he said.

Black Thunder in his mood of conveying humility and respect message among artistes, reminded them to avoid the usage of explicit lyrics towards women as that, “we can’t be like Jamaicans and stop the copy and paste.”

About Thunder

Born on 5 December 1987, in Njaba Kunda, The Gambia, Saikou Kanteh, popularly known as Black Thunder, is a songwriter, reggae and dancehall artist based in Bern, Switzerland. His passion for music began when he was seven years old.

At that age, he had already started for a band with his friends. He later decided to consider music as a career of choice. Shortly afterwards, he met a popular local producer called Papis who brought him to studio. This saw him recording his maiden single called ‘Liberate From Action’ at TJ records in 2002.

In 2004, he relocated to Milan, Italy to pursue music studies for two years. After completing his studies, he went into the studio to record more music and later founded a band. His musical journey began taking shape and saw him touring Europe with his band.

In 2009, he left Italy for Bern, Switzerland where he launched a solo career and signed contract with Likkle Lion Record in Geneva. While in Bern, he attended music school for 20 months, doing both theory and practical and was regarded as one of Switzerland’s best 12 artistes of distinction. In 2014, he signed another contract with Atomic Dog Record in Bern.

In 2015, he toured The Gambia where he had eight concerts. All the proceeds were donated to schools, hospitals and youths development projects.

 In 2016, he made his debut performance at Flag Flowing Senegambia high, a musical platform meant to showcase Senegambia artists in Europe where he was awarded as the best stage performer.  In 2018, started working with Movementality band as his performing band across the world.

 Here are some of his  hits songs :‘100 millions’, ‘Yes I Pray’, ‘Gambia be wise,’ ‘Love again’, ‘Can’t stop the fire’, Never Chat’, ‘Nation girls’  ‘Jawuya’ and ‘Sugar baby’