T Smallz; Taking Gambian Music to Another Height

T Smallz; Taking Gambian Music to Another Height



Born Ebrahim Suso but widely known by his moniker Trobul Smallz, he is undoubtedly one of The Gambia’s astonishing reggae dancehall cum-hip-hop stars in recent years. He was born on the 9th of August 1986 from the legendary griot family also known as ‘Jalos’ in Mandinka.

Prince Talib as he is fondly called, is the grandson of the late Alieu Suso, a renowned Kora maker and player in The Gambia and the sub-region in his generation.

Credited as a game-changing artiste, especially in the hip-hop domain, T Smallz grew up in the coastal town of Bakau. Due to his creative style, he has managed to horn his skills as a phenomenal instrumentalist cum rapper.

At a very tender age, Smallz developed keen interest in music.  All what he found around him during those days were local instruments of different kind such as Kora, ‘Djembeh’, ‘Balafon’ which he later learned to play under the watchful eyes of his grandpa.

His first song ‘Rise n’ Shine’ was recorded and produced at Adent Studios in Bakoteh now made popular by T. Smallz and his rap peers as BK City, where he now lives with his parents and siblings.

Since then, he never looked back with one hit song following the other.  His super hit masterpiece entitled ‘Gis Nga Yow’ featuring one of The Gambia’s finest sensations- Marion and Tam 50 dominated the airwaves and night joints in and around the country.  The release of this song ‘Gis Nga Yow’ was a huge success and fans both young and old always shout-out ‘Gis Nga Yow’ whenever the singer is in sight.

Following huge success of this hit song ‘Gis Nga Yow’ and several others like ‘Ring On Ya Finger’ featuring Rugie, ‘God’s Will’ featuring Pa Omar Jack and ‘Wahang Baneh’, the multi-talented star went on to release a mixtape which equally proved to be a phenomenon especially among school going kids and on the streets.

Since then, his status and burgeoning reputation catapulted as the true prince of hip-hop arena in The Gambia.

Over the past years, T Smallz staged numerous concerts in a number of countries including UK, Holland, Belgium, Germany, the Scandinavia region and Nigeria.