Profile & Background:
Also known as Maslabi or Masla Bii the mbalax, salsa, dancehall,
rap group was formed in Gambia. They created a style, evocative
of old, traditional cultural songs and innovatively added
the present day mbalax/salsa, dancehall dance beat with local
chorus rap. This unique style has left the crew in a world
of its own. Masla bi is one of the most outstanding groups
in the Gambian music scene.
Their hit single on the debut album “Merro” won the Gambian
award for the “best single” in July 1999.
The album titled “Bu Nui Merro” recorded in The Gambia and
released in 1999 featured guest artists like Mass Lowe on
backing vocals, Ahmed Choin and Agata Colley, Mustapha Faye
from Youssou N'Dours band (arranger) and Thio M'baye (percussion).
Masla bi was invited as guest artists to perform at the Miss
Ecowas beauty contest in The Gambia in 1999. They also performed
alongside Youssou N'Dour at the Senegalese summer outing as
Guest artists at the invitation of the Senegalese National
Malsla bi released their second album “Waxtaalnal ko”, in
2001. It became one of the most selling albums in the Gambia
. The single ‘waxtaanal ko' added several miles to the groups
speedy journey to stardom. The song ‘waxtaanal ko' has a little
spice of mbalax,
a full spice of Latin American calypso and rumba. The single
‘waxtaanalko' is one of the six songs featured on Masla bi's
second effort. It's force has given it the capital band for
the wonderful album. The album was recorded in Senegal . Both
albums were produced by Soul Sound Jollof Promotion, UK .
At their third anniversary celebration a new single was released.
It was called “Duman” and contained a Wollof version of Shaggys
“It wasn't me”. The song “Music” was featured on the album
“One Gambia”, a compilation which gave an overview of the
new Gambian music.
In 2002 Masla bi went on a tour in the U.K. and now they are
working on their third album.
After five years of relative quiet, B Nui Merro Production
proudly presents Maslaa Bi’s third album and new single “Alel”
The album is going to be out in 2008 and the single is already
out on general release. The album is already recorded at Maslaa
bi studios in Nottingham.
It took awhile to release the third album because the boys
have being working not only for Senegambia but the international
community as well. We know it took a bit longer than the fans
expected but the boys have being working to be more professional
in the music scene. Maslaa bi has been in studio with the
person that adds spice into their music who is a well known
person call Mustapha Faye of “Super Etoile”. He is the person
that made the first two albums and he did the third together
with Maslaa Bi .The arrangement was done by Mustapha Faye,
the vocals are done by Nas, Tonton Bala, El Pacco and DJ Gunman,
Korist Jalikebba Suso and percussionist Karim Mbaye (Cho Mbaye's