31 August 2012

Gambia: Whats On - Gambian Artist Sign to 50 Cent's Hitlab

Photo: WFP/Rose Ogola
American rap artist Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson during a visit to a school in a Nairobi. (File Photo)

A Gambian-born artist based in Vienna, Austria, was recently signed by the world's RnB rap mogul-50 Cent, under one his labels -G-NOTES RECORDS, if reports reaching What's On is anything to go by. John Kwesi, widely known by his music sobriquet Deejay Limbo, is a Gambian born to a Ghanaian father and a Gambian mother. He was raised in Latri Kunda German neighbourhood before he moved to Austria.

G- Notes records was created by 50 cent in 2010 for non-hip hop artists and it came after the success of former G-Unit subsidiary label -'G-Unit South' and 'G-Unit Philly', then 50 Cent decided to create another subsidiary in 2009. Unlike the two other subsidiary labels, 'G-Note Records' is a hip hop based label including Pop, Dance and R&B music. The label was founded in late 2010 with the first two artists signed, namely-Governor and Hot Rod. The first official music that was released under the label was that of 'Hot Rod's first single called 'Dance With Me'.

Since then with increased formidable emerging stars in the entertainment world, it believed that 50 Cent intended to sign more acts to the label in the upcoming year, including R&B singer Jovan Dais, who was featured on the original version of his single 'Baby By Me', Zimbabwean singer -Gamu Nhengu, and singer Jeremih, who he has recently worked on a couple of projects with. The second single released on the label was Governor's, the song was called 'Here We Go Again' and featured 50 Cent himself.

According to the label official site, 50 Cent in an interview with G-Unit Radio 50 Cent, said he created the label because there was a gap in the market and taking into account the group G Unit has a distinctive aggressive style and so also everyone on the label's style was expected to be aggressive. So in essence it's also a platform for the artist to make all different style of music.

However, during an interview with What's On, Deejay Limbo as fondly called, disclosed that the whole move came to light after the label officials watched his videos on YouTube as well as listened to some of his songs on SoundCloud.

"Yea... after listening to one song of mine...they wrote me.. inviting me for an audition in London.. Then my manager replied with other songs of mine then they wrote back showing interest of signing me with no need of me going through audition.

"This is welcome news and I want to say a big thx to all my fans friends in Gambia , the radio stations and all the Dj's especially Enc. I dedicate this to my parents and the Gambia as a whole. My intention is to put the Gambia's on world map musically. Also special thanks to Hakim of Sunland Music," he said.

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