(a.k.a. Akuntu, real name Malang Touray) was born in Bakau,
on the west coast of The Gambia. His grandfather was a famous
Géwël who encouraged him as a youth to pursue the Afro-Manding
style of music combining his melodic singer's voice with the
traditional Afro-Mandinka genre of music. He himself calls
Jalex's first hit single was released in 1997 and was titled
Africa Kairo which means "Peace in Africa". Which
tried to address the issue of the numerous internal conflicts
ravaging the continent and urged Africans to see what was
unfolding before their very eyes.
He then joined a Gambian based group called Dextrous
Squad which was short-lived and soon disbanded. Jalex
however, continued to be a musical writer and singer over
the next few years.
The release of the single titled Kana
Kideh on video led to greater exposure for the singer.
He was frequently featured on Saturday nights as a guest performer
on the Goudi Samdi entertainment
magazine on GRTS, the national television station. This helped
to make him a household name across the Gambia and he has
gained a lot of respect and admiration because he tends to
perform his songs in the Mandinka language.
In the early part of the year 2006 a fortuitous encounter
with a British man called Gary Jones
led to him being appointed as the singer's manager and promoter
in the UK as well as The Gambia. A number of CD singles have
been recorded in the United Kingdom as well as a music video
Jalex's album titled Soma Alfaa
was released in February, 2007, to great acclamation on local
radio and television stations. The following month in March,
his single titled Nmala Moola Bi
won the "Smiling Coast Riddim" competition
held at West Coast Radio.
He has indeed gained a household name in the Gambia through
his performances, radio and TV sessions. His singles are often
played on the radios and his videos aired on the national
TV. He has performed with a lot of big time artists on several
occasions. His new videos which are also produced by Hi-Tech
Production are set to be released soon. Keep an eye out for
this young, talented and up coming artist.
Links & Official Website:
Address Contact Details:
PO Box 4541, Bakau KSMD
The Gambia, West Africa
UK (+44) 7900 972036
• Africa Kairo - 1997
• Soma Alfaa - 2006
• Kana Kideh