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Gambia’s sensational musician, Rugie, rocks musical Gambia

Jul 26, 2013, 11:49 AM

Gambian women are increasingly setting records in all walks of life and one particular sphere they are impressively making their mark is in the music industry.

Rugie, one of The Gambia’s female sensational musicians, has invested a good deal of her time in taking Gambian music to higher professional level by producing soul-touching lyrics and melodious songs that could stand the test of time in the musical world.

Since her appearance in the music scene some few years ago, Rugie has produced some of the best singles in the country.

In a chat with Entertainment and Lifestyle recently, the 24-year-old female musician whose real name is Rugiatou Jallow, is one of The Gambia’s best emerging female sensational musicians, who is currently making waves in the country’s music scene.

Born on January 15, 1989 to a Gambian father and a Senegalese mother, Rugie, a native of Bakau, is a dynamic, ambitious and talented musician, who has the potentials of making a mark on the world music scene someday.

Her musical journey began in primary school, where she started receiving music lessons. At the age of sixteen, Rugie started recording songs professionally, together with Princess, who was also her best friend, to release what they call ‘Girls 2 Girls’.

As a growing musician, Rugie was inspired to write and record songs by the sounds of Viviane N’Dour, Beyonce Knowles, Destiny’s Child, Mary J. Blige, India Arie and a few other prominent RnB, Mbalax and Soul superstars.

Before her eighteenth birthday, she was already being recognised in the Gambian music scene as a very promising young talented musician.

With ‘Girls 2 Girls’, Rugie went into collaboration with another promising Gambian Rap crew called “Hood Hustlers” on a song entitled “Life inda Ghetto” recorded at the famous BullDoff Studios under the supervision of the late MJ (R.I.P), who also played a mentor’s role for Rugie by encouraging her to keep the profession.