Talk about where you’re from, how does that play into your life and career?
I was born in Gambia and raised in New York. Growing up around a lot of Afrobeats, reggae, dancehall and R&B music plays a huge role in my sound today. Due to these influences, I’m very versatile with my music style. I can make a rap song with melodic singing, or am Afrobeat/reggae vibe, or a twerk song really.
Nicki Minaj, Micheal Jackson, Wu-Tang and Vybz Kartel above all.
At what point did you realize this music thing was forreal?
I’ve always wanted to do music , but I fell off to go to school and pursue a higher education. But it didn’t work out, because I felt like I wasn’t doing what I loved. And once people started vibing to my music and reactions when I perform, it hits different.
What was the inspiration behind your name?
I came from the slums, the gutta. That’s my bando, my trap house. Creating a life for myself that I have now and the life I want for my future stands for from the bando. Bijou is my nickname my dad gave me since I was a baby, so I got the juju from that. And juju in African means a spell, so a spell from the gutters = jujufrmdabando.
What is it you want fans to get from your story?
I want them to know that I love them. This is for everyone that’s believed in me. I want them to follow their dreams and know that if you work hard enough for something, you can get it. Who thought I could be in America from a very small town? I just wanna encourage and motivate.
3 things you need in the studio?
A blunt, Casamigo, and good vibes.