Olugander, a Gambian reggae artiste based in Finland released a new album
called “Friends on Journey” on January 1; comprising fourteen tracks which is
now making waves across the globe.
Recorded in Finland and Jamaica, the 14-track sound was superbly mixed and mastered in the United States and Italy. Dr. Olugander fell in love with music through inspiration of his late grandfather Oupa Kambai Joku who was a great cultural musician.
Following the footsteps of his grandfather, he rose to fame and became one of Gambia’s reggae ambassadors travelling to many countries and promoting positivity through his music.
Featured Jamaican artistes in the album include Macka B, Mickey General, Siddy Ranks, Teflon, Turbulence, Ele Trunk (son of Elephant Man) Cupid from Trinidad and other Gambian artistes.
Olugander told The Point Entertainment and Lifestyle that he feels positive for releasing the album due to its rich composition of featured artistes. “This album is the greatest thing that ever happened in my musical career because in I had the chance to collaborate with great musicians whose songs I used to listen to.” He said the album chronicles his life journey and advocates peace around the world.
The reggae ambassador said the album is currently available on CD and on all online media distribution outlets like ITunes, Amazon, Google play and spotify. “I am preparing to go for ‘Friends on Journey’ tour to other parts of Europe and Asia,” he added.
Career in brief
Starting his music career way back in 1997 with two other colleagues in a crew dubbed ‘CAP-SYL-MAD VIBES’, Dr. Olugander quickly rose to fame within a short period of time.
The music crew lasted for a year before changing to Promised Land Crew in1998 which comprised him and Capricon as main singers. The Promised Land recorded their debut album titled ‘Too Late’ at Yellow Gates Studios under Kebba Taylor in 1998 with their first hit single making rotation on the national broadcaster titled, Babylon rule.
The music crew got exposure in the showbiz impresario and arts columnist Dr. Obiozor Williams who first discovered their talents. However, their rapid rise to fame came after the first-ever Music Award held in The Gambia on 2nd May 1998 at Palma Rima Hotel.
In 1999, the crew became a fans favorite during the “Fateleku” Nationwide Music Tour initiated by Obiozor Williams alongside veteran Gambian star Ousou Njie Señor and late Uncle George Christensen of Radio 1 FM. The music tour attracted over 40 artistes, who performed throughout the country.
Afterwards, in 2001 Capricon, one of the duo decided to quit music, thus forcing Dr. Olugander to go on solo.
Continuing as a solo artiste, he won the Best Reggae Song in 2008, while in 2009 he was given an honorary award and invitation to perform at Atlanta, USA at the annual concert staged by AGERA.
With numerous albums and a multiplicity of collabos featuring both local and international acts, Dr Olugander over the past years has established himself as a performer, whose reputation is easily noticeable in The Gambia’s music landscape.