Producer Afamata Calls for unity, hard work and professionalism in music production

In this edition of Arts and Culture, the columnist conducted an exclusive interview Afamawith a music producer based in Bansang. Read to find out who this promoter is:

Foroyaa: Introduce yourself to our readers?

D.J Afamata: My name is Amadou Jallow alias D.J Afamata, Gambian music producer based in Bansang South “Jamagen”

Foroyaa: When did you start doing music production?

D.J Afamata: I started doing music production in 2009 but I finally settled on studio projects in 2014.

Foroyaa: Where do you learn music production?

D.J Afamata: We have no music production school in the Gambia, but I have been working with talented people who know a lot about music.

Foroyaa: What inspired you to become a music producer?

D.J Afamata: I was inspired by Freaky Joe, Magnificent Joe and I was always associating with the elderly traditional musicians.

Foroyaa: Who is the first artist that you recorded?

D.J Afamata: The first artiste I recorded was Dubiz, alias Vex Cure, a reggae danchall artiste from Bansang, who is now based in Italy.

Foroyaa: What was the name of the song?

D.J Afamata: The song is entitled ‘Bidindinngoul’ a Mankinda word meaning ‘Children of today’.

Foroyaa: How many artistes have you worked with?

D.J Afamata: I have worked with many artistes but just to name a few, I have produced a song for Fulencijoe, and also a song for Seedy Manneh, alias Sound, entitled ‘Malaria’, which is an award winning song. Both artistes are based in Bansang.

Foroyaa: Who are the founders of Afamata Production?

D.J Afamata: I, myself, and the studio was established in 2009 but started operating in 2014

Foroyaa: What is the meaning of Afamata?

D.J Afamata: (Smiles) Afamata is a Fula word meaning ‘Never known’.

Foroyaa: What skills and ingredients do you put in your production?

D.J Afamata: I produce nice beats on different music genres like afro, hip-hop, reggae, dancehall, and cultural music. I do both beat making and voicing.

Foroyaa: Have you ever worked with any other music studio before the establishment of your own production studio?

D.J Afamata: Yes, I was working for a short period with Korajula Records in Farafenni in 2014 and after which I decided to start my own studio.

Foroyaa: what are some of the problems that you normally face when working with artistes?

D.J Afamata: I face lots of difficulties especially when working with underground artistes as most of them their songs are not properly arranged, amongst others.

Foroyaa: How is the promotion level of Gambian music in Bansang?

D.J Afamata: Yes people of Bansang really love and support Gambian music and fans respond positively whenever there is a Gambian music show.

Foroyaa: What are your aims and objective in promoting Gambian music?

D.J Afamata: Am always working hard to see Gambian artistes to a better change and inshallah, if all my dreams come true, I will support and contribute to national develop.

Foroyaa: what is your advice to artistes, producers, and others in the field?

D.J Afamata: am advising all artistes, producers, D.J’s, promoters, stakeholders amongst others to work collectively as a team in contributing to the best of our talents together, we can make it.

Foroyaa: Thank you for the interview.

D.J Afamata: Thank you and foroyaa Newspaper for visiting and conducting an interview with Bansang talents.

This producer can be reach on 3987602 2602378, or link him on watsapp chat group page on Bansang music promotion