Ali Cham, A.K.A Killa Ace, is one of the most popular artists in the music industry right now in The Gambia.
His hype-beats along with his meaningful lyrics have become a part of society’s everyday soundtrack.
The hip-hop star uses his music to talk about human rights and other social injustices, and he’s also big into giving back to the community
Killa Ace, is a rapper, youth activist, and human rights advocate.
He was born in The Gambia, But grew up and spent his childhood years in The US.
He has been involved in youth empowerment since he started rapping when he was twelve years old.
Witnessing the differences in Society gave power of thought which was put in to lyrics.
He currently works at Taxi fm as a presenter on his weekly show- “The Cypher” that showcased talented youth from around the world, and provided a positive outlet for youth in the community from disadvantaged backgrounds to display their rap talents.
As an artist, event-organizer, and event-host for youth rapp programs underStraight-From-Jupiter Entertainment, Killa Ace previously hosted eight “free Open Mic” events per yearwith up to five thousand (5,000) youth attendees per event, for a total of approximatelyforty thousand (40,000) youth attendees per year.
He also organized and hosted four “free out-door rapp battles” per year with about five thousand youth attendees per event, for a total of twenty thousand youth attendees each year; and had two paid “in-door” rapp battle events (semi-finals and finals) per year with approximatelythree thousand (3000) youth attendees per event, for a total of six thousand youth attendees per year.
Killa Ace has always had a strong following especially among the
Gambian youth residing within the Gambia.
On July 14, 2012, He started “The Cypher”- which is a rapp and entertainment company
that helps to mentor and support young talented socially conscious and responsible
artists, particularly those from poor communities, to help them develop and improve
their skills. This also helps them concentrate their energies and time on positive
activities through music, and stops them from engaging in negative and criminal
Because his songs are mainly about social, cultural, economic and other
important issues impacting youth in our communities, people view my work positively as
youth outreach, awareness, educational and enlightenment material.
“In Fok Nyu Dem (We Must Go!)” is about the “Backway-to-Europe” and why
desperate and impoverished African youth continue to risk their lives to take the
“Backway to Europe” despite being aware of the horrible deaths of tens of thousands of
their fellows. Many of the youth engaging in the horrendous “Backway” schleps are
fans of my underground music and movement.
Killa ace released a single 2015, called "KU BOKA C GETA G", a mixture of
Wollof and English Rapp about the oppression, corruption, torture, killings, enforced
disappearances, extra-judiciary killings, and the fear of the population, community
leaders, & religious leaders to speak up against the government, by
Ignoring and turning a blind eye to the truth.
The single made history in a culture of silence, in the face of blatant and rampant injustice. Killa Ace has always been motivated to speak on the different issues that impact his community, as well as other communities all over Africa.
When you listen to many of His songs, you will hear that his lyrics talk
about many of those issues. But for a long time, he felt guilty for not speaking up
about the daily injustices against Gambians by the government. Because as an emcee,
he felt that his voice should speak for and reflect in a truthful way, ALL the things that
affect his people. Not just the things that are safe to speak about.
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