Sing "a" teh or Freaky Joe is a performer of Gambian
hip-hop, Afro Manding, reggae and ragatone.
In February 2008 he won the best selling solo artist award
by Gam-Spirit Music Award organised by Champion Sounds Promotions
at a colourful ceremony held at the Kairaba Beach Hotel. Singateh’s
Inc is a company established by Singateh a.k.a Freaky Joe
and his Manager Pa Ousman Joof on April 10th 2006 during Singateh’s
USA tour in college park , Atlanta, Ga.
Born as Alhagie Singateh in 1982 in a small riverine community
in the hinterlands of The Gambia, Sing-a-teh (A.K.A. Freaky
Joe) at a very tender age, has portrayed a resounding talent
as both an academician and a musician. Between spending Friday
nights doing acapellas in street squares to performing at
school events, Sing-a-teh was already on the track to creating
a hobby that would eventually lead to a life-long passion
Sing-a-teh spent his entire Primary School education and Middle
School education in Bansang, and shortly attended Armitage
High School before transferring to Gambia High School in the
Greater Banjul Area. Sing-a-teh has played numerous roles
in and out of his school career. He has served as a student
prefect and a student deputy head boy during his school days
in Bansang. Sing a teh's music career started in 2001 when
he composed his first single "GAMSAINTS RECONCILIATION"
a song dedicated to Gambian students urging them to reconcile
and put aside there differences for national interest. Composed
during the Gamsaints Reconciliation week The success from
this effort earned him the much needed respect, and popularity
from all sectors of the Gambian community and afar.
Following the popularity of his first single, he dropped another
one entitled "More Message", a song that calls for
youth empowerment. The reception and success of these two
singles earned him the "Best Solo Artist of the Year
2001"," West Coast Radio Artist of the Year 2002",
YIDAC PILLAR of the Year 2002, "FRIENDS OF THE CHILDREN"
and several other titles and awards. From then on, he kept
on excelling to higher heights winning more awards and soon
started his own concerts across the country making his music
and lyrics well known and loved by all and sundry.
The Gambian show biz witnessed a dramatic wind of change since
after the discovery of Sing-a-teh's unique and melodious voice
and due to the quality of beats produced by his mentor, and
producer-friend HAKIM of "THE SUNS OF LIGHT". Sing
a teh is the first Gambian artist whose voice was heard on
BBC's famous morning programme "NETWORK AFRICA”.
He released his first 9 track Audio Album in the local market
of the Gambia in July 2005 and in December of 2005, a 13 track
CD released was for the European Market which was distributed
in major European Countries including Sweden , Germany , England
, Norway Finland. This CD was re-mastered (featuring two new
songs) with a promotional DVD his 2006 U.S. tour, a tour that
was facilitated by the African Artist Association (an agency
in the business of tapping and promoting African Artist the
world over headquartered in Queens-N.Y) served as an eye opener
and an extra step in the right direction for Sing-a-teh as
it gave him the opportunity to forge new relationships and
to horn his skills in the music biz.
Sing-a- teh just finished his 2nd Album with the Sun's of
Light studios in Atlanta and he is back in the Gambia promoting
it. This new album is more of Dance Hall, reggae
and Raggatone; Hip hop compilation and a fusion of indigenous
Senegambian boom "Mbalax",
that is fully fit for any market. He did collaborate with
few American up coming stars.