Featuring Bai Babu: One of Gambia’s Hottest Musicians

Featuring Bai Babu: One of Gambia’s Hottest Musicians



Bai Babu is without doubt one of the most exciting and most popular Gambian artistes of all times. He started with the group “The Gees”, which was a typical hip-hop group and then went solo releasing his first Rap-Mbalakh song, “Li chi Mbegeul” featuring Tam 50.

Born Baboucarr Sambou on 19 November 1989 in Serekunda, he attended Serekunda Primary School, St Therese’s Junior, and SOS Senior Secondary School.  One-time a keen footballer, who played at goal for second division side, Tallinding United, the rising star took a dramatic turn when he started music in 2011 and went on to release his debut mix tape called ‘Dama Yii’ in 2013.

Since then he has proven to the entire country that he is the king of the rap game with his hot, captivating and enthralling stage acts.

Apart from his music engagement, the rising star also worked at The Gambia Ports Authority (GPA) as a clearing agent.

Bai Babou started a new dimension of stardom, gradually establishing himself to the pinnacle of Gambian music releasing hit songs “Love bu Hew”, “Seeye Teey”, “Cheep bou Sew”, “Attitude Girl” and the most popular “Damayee” which is sung by all wherever its performed.

Though the international market is a new territory for the uprising Gambian sensation, with his unending flexibility he can make it to the international stage if given the chance. The superstar’s new audience is attracted to his welcoming demeanor and his creativity on rap and mbalax domains. Such versatility has earned him a huge followership in Senegal and some parts of Europe.


The launching of his ‘Damayee’ mixtape at Alliance Francaise in 2013 pulled a record turnout; the show had to be stopped only after performing three tracks, due to the fact that the venue could not accomodate the crowd.

He has been the star performer of the last two Open Mic Festivals, which is the biggest Gambian music festival.

In May 2015, he stole the show during a Night Show featured on TFM alongside Jali Madi, Manding Morry and the Joluv Arts Band, which was widely watched in the Senegambia and the Diaspora. He was also featured by renowned Senegalese mbalax artiste, Pape Diouf, in a track called ‘Malaw” which is part of his latest album. The recording of his landmark event was also aired on TFM. In 2016 he embarked on a ltour toß the United States of America with the Senegalese mbalax star Pape Diouf. This tour, according to many is important especially for the young Gambian star, on the road to stardom, as it will enable him promote his music internationally.