Black Thunder returns to Gambia for new music projects

Friday, April 06, 2018

Black Thunder, a Swiss based Gambian reggae and dancehall artiste has arrived in The Gambia to embark on new music projects.

Upon arrival at Banjul international airport, Thunder told journalists, “I am happy to be back home to embark on new projects like video shooting and recording new songs as well as visit families and friends”.

He revealed that new music projects includes shooting three video includes ‘Nation Girls’, ‘Jawuya’ and ‘Never chat’. He added that he will be recording some songs with Gambian artists and also do some promotional interviews across the country.

“I also came with my wife and kids to get used to the African cultural values and also visited some families and friends, but with more focus on music mission because I want to make a breakthrough in 2018 by focusing and concentrating in my career more as it is the one I study in school so am ready to spread positivity and speak for the people through music,” he told journalists.

“I am determined to move my music higher because is the only thing I study in school”

Philanthropy, a veteran artiste described him as a perfect artist Gambian has to watch, adding that he is very happy to have collaboration with him very soon.

“He has a vision and he is representing Gambia all over the world with his hit songs include Eye Pon Me Girl’, ‘Too Late To Come Home’, ‘Money Make Them Funny’,” he said. He urged Gambians to expect a hit tunes from him.

Dj Mutaburaka, also a disk joker at Paradise Fm won top ten count down at paradise fm for five times. He explained that top ten counts down is a collection of different Gambian artists usually aired at Paradise FM every Friday fans voting for favorite through text message.

“Due to the quality of his music he was voted five times in a row, Black Thunder is a great artist as he got good lyrics, Gambian music fans respond positively to his music,” the veteran DJ said.

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 Move Mentality band as his performing band across the world.

Here are hits songs of 2018:‘100 millions’, ‘Yes I Pray’, ‘Gambia be wise,’ ‘Love again’, ‘Can’t stop the fire’, Never Chat’, ‘Nation girls’ and ‘Jawuya’.

Author: Njie Baldeh