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Exclusive Interview: Jujufrmdabando

July 23, 2022
Jujufrmdabando is the brainchild of real name Binta Jeng, and she’s here to prove her talents in the music industry. Born and raised in The Gambia, raised in New York, and currently living in Charlotte, the rising star has been doing music for two years now — but she’s always been a part of the choirs or drama club. However, everything shifted when the pandemic hit when she was able to find her voice. During a time when she felt overwhelmed, she had to voice out some of her opinions and music was her escape route. Fast forward to today, she aims to share her passion with the world and hopes it’s received with much love and support.
Now, Jujufrmdabando unveils her newest single titled “Dummy.”
Read our exclusive interview below!
How would you describe your sound?
I would describe my sound as crispy, poetic , catchy and very different/ I do not sound like anything or anyone that’s out right now.

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.

Biggest influences?

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.

You just released “Dummy,” who or what inspired this record?
This was such a spur of the moment song that ended up being fire. I was about to go to the club after my studio session. The “hey bitch wonder who I’m gon’ shit on today” came in my head and I just took it from there. I like flow in my songs, talk about how sexy I am. Money, sexy, success, etc.

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.

Goals yourself as an artist at this point of your career?
I want to be the first female artist the top the entire Top 10 of the Billboard charts.
I want a Grammy.
I wanna go global.
I wanna be in a position to change the world.
I wanna give back.
I wanna be the best in my field and the greatest to ever do it.

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