Gambia: Meet Mary Njie, as she releases new song ‘Life’ ahead of international album

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If there is one emerging artist to watch in 2022, I would definitely be none other than Mary Njie, a Gambian music sensation based in the United States, who has just released a new single titled “Life”.

The new song is released ahead of the official release of her upcoming international album.

Booming and trending music sensation Mary Njie was born in Atlanta, Georgia to Gambian parents namely; Ablie Njie, who is his father and manager and Fatou Touray, his mother.

Although born in the United States, she visited The Gambia, where she spent 5 years. It was during this time that she attended Marina High School, where she learned to speak the local Wollof and Mandinka languages ​​as well as reconnect with the culture.

Mary was exposed to music from an early age as her father was actively involved in the entertainment industry for 15 years and is still recognized as one of the most respected Senegambian promoters in the diaspora.

This trip to Africa also helped her echo those sentiments in the beautiful lyrics of her debut single titled “LIFE,” which is part of her 5-song compilation international album also titled “LIFE.”

It was in 2010, when Mary returned to the United States then aged 13, with her sister, Susana, who was also 10 at the time with strong ethics and African traditions steeped in both.

Although born in the United States, Mary has always wanted to relate to all things Gambian and this is even demonstrated in her catchphrase “I am a Gambian above all else”. However, his father who is his manager would still insist on calling him a ‘GAMBRICAN’.

He has worked with renowned African musicians such as Grammy Award winner, Youssou Ndour, Alieu Mbye Nder, Fallou Dieng, Thione Seck, Viviane, Pape Diouf, Ndongo Lo and various other artists most of whom have not delayed getting her on stage.

His mentor, the late Thione Seck, played a crucial role in his first studio recording when he first heard his voice and asked his uncle Papis Ndiaye, bandleader and keyboardist of Raam Daan accompanying the Senegalese sensation Wally Seck to immediately contact his father/manager. , Ablie Njie, on the possibilities of flying Mary from Atlanta to Dakar to sing the English version of her international album-‘Le CDEAO en Coeur’.

The late Thione was generous enough to quickly send two return tickets from Atlanta to Dakar for Mary and her father and the rest will forever be in the history books.

Mary opened concerts for Grammy award winner, Youssou Ndour and was booked to open the stage for Nigerian sensation, Burna Boy as well as Senegalese music golden boy, Wally Seck with his hit song titled ‘BELIEVE ‘, a song that motivates people to keep their eyes on the prize and persevere to achieve and fulfill their dreams.

She had also appeared as a guest in the hit TV series titled “Maitresse” playing the role of a record producer.

Education background

Mary attended Shiloh High School in Atlanta and was a member of the choir team that won several national choir competitions. At Shiloh, she gained valuable singing experience and attended summer camps for teens to hone her singing skills through workshops by renowned singer-songwriter and multi-Grammy Award winner India Arie.

After graduating, she decided to work full-time as a musician while attending Georgia State University majoring in political science and pre-law.

Mary’s debut hit titled “Believe” was penned by Sierra Leonean producer Ibrahim Touray aka Double T, which catapulted her as an up-and-coming artist and made her a household name within the Senegambian diaspora. .

Mary Music Entertainment – ​​(MMC) has also recently established a Gambian management team made up of some of the best Gambian press and entertainment icons to represent their brand in The Gambia.

In addition to working to gain international stardom, Mary also works with a diverse team across different musical genres including reggae, afro beat, mbalax and R&B, and aspires to pave the way for global recognition including the grammys.

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