»Bala Ranks [ist] einer der berühmtesten Afro-Reggae-Sänger, Song-Writer und Gitarristen aus Gambia. Touring and studio work experiences in Europe and Africa.« (facebook.com/mansajalimovement)
»Born on 26 July 1980, Musa Kuyateh, popularly known as Bala Ranks is a Gambian Afro-reggae artist born in a family of griots. His family has a number of singers and players of music instruments such as kora, balafong and some African instruments. His father was a renowned kora player and his mother was a singer. At the age of eleven, he began to learn how to play kora, but his father encouraged him to start learning religion at a local Arabic school. After completing his studies, he taught himself how to play kora because his father was too old to teach him anything. In 2002, he moved Banjul and opened a carpentry workshop with his brothers. In 2005, he released two singles entitled ›Am Not a Full‹ and ›Work Hard‹. The songs were a hit and his fan base grew. In 2006, he released two more singles titled ›Allah Muta‹, ›Voice of The Children‹ and two video clips namely ›Am Not a Full‹ and ›Allah Muta‹. In 2008, he was part of the 30 young Gambian artists who were selected in a music competition called Gamcel Chart Busters. He was the first runner-up of the competition. In 2009, he released two hits tracks called ›Amako‹ and ›Badinyaa‹. The songs were a national success and earned him a house hold name in the country’s music industry. In 2011, he released his debut album titled ›E-Mira‹. The project features nine tracks such as ›Allah Muta‹, ›Amakoyi‹, ›Badinyaa‹, ›Kafunyo‹, ›Kanay Dankong‹ among others. In 2014, he released a second ten track album titled ›My Home Land‹. (www.musicinafrica.net/directory/bala-ranks)
DAS KONZERT BALA RANKS’ AUF DEM 1. INTERKULTURELLEN FESTIVAL AFRIKA-FEST 1000 DRUMS AM 27. JULI 2019 IN HALLE D DER KULTURFABRIK WERK 2 IN LEIPZIG wurde von unserem Verein in seiner Bühnen-Mikrofontonspur aufgezeichnet, bedarf jedoch doch, ebenso wie die Mitschnitte von Noma Nkwalis und Jah Heros Konzerten am selben Tage, der Vervollständigung um die Begleitspuren des Soundsystems des Künstlers, um hier angemessen wiedergegeben werden zu können.