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BIOGRAPHY

NATTY JEAN comes straight from Senegal where he started singing on hip-hop stages and with local productions. He was quickly attracted by reggae music and its swaying rhythms that he started mixing with hip-hop and African influences like DIDIER AWADI (from DAARA J FAMILY) for example who invited him on his last album (« MA REVOLUTION », 2012).

A choice which dropped him into MANJUL’s studios: the famous French producer based in Mali (albums « DUB TO MALI », DANAKIL, TAKANA ZION, BISHOP…) had produced his first album « SANTA YALLA » (2012). And this is where he met with DANAKIL’s members too who immediately identified his singular voice and invited him on their « ECHOS DU TEMPS » album and tour. Now NATTY JEAN is a full member accompanying the singer BALIK and the 9 musicians on the most beautiful scenes over the world (Francofolies de La Rochelle, Olympia and Zénith de Paris, Paléo Festival, or les Francofolies de Montréal). An occasion for providing his tracks during the shows and get a faithful audience. In parallel with DANAKIL, NATTY JEAN carries on his solo career and released his 2nd album « IMAGINE » on October 2018, an explicit title expressing his wish to bring some hope from Africa. Wrote in Wolof French and English his lyrics offer a view on West African youth: its concerns, dreams and hope far from sordid clichés. Engaged and concerned like his elders TIKEN JAH FAKOLY or ALPHA BLONDY, NATTY JEAN is defending a strong Africa convinced it has all it needs to grow by itself. He’s talking about serious and very actual thematics like immigration. On « On M’a Dit » he tells us about how Europe became a distant and dangerous dream for young Africans. With « Imagine » he’s speaking about migrants’ so painful journey running thousands of kilometers to save their life and families. Sad to see his brothers leaving Africa for countries which don’t want them NATTY JEAN campaigned for more humanity return to the native land and for a reconstruction of Africa by the Africans full of hope and talent.

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