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The Story Of Fancy Gadam, a Ghanaian Afropop, Dancehall And Reggae Musical Artist

Mujahid Ahmed Bello (born 16 August 1988) known by his stage name Fancy Gadam, is a Ghanaian afropop, dancehall and reggae musical artist. In 2017 he won Ghana Music Awards for Best New Artist and in 2020 was named Best Afrobeat Entertainer at the International Reggae and World Music Awards.

Early life and music career

Fancy Gadam was born in Hausa Zongo, a suburb of Tamale, the capital town of the Northern Region (Ghana). He completed his basic education at the police barracks school in Tamale. Fancy Gadam started his music career at the age of 12 as a performer at schools and public events.

Notable performances

On 1 December 2017, Fancy Gadam was one of the headline artists at the S Concert when he performed to the early hours of Saturday 2 December 2017.

His Dream Album launch and concert, on 5 October 2019 pulled over 20,000 fans to the Tamale stadium (Now Aliu Mahama stadium).

Fancy Gadam also performed at the Bukom boxing arena on 8 March 2020 as part of his Dream album tour. He was said to have previously toured Yeji, Nyong, Offinso, Koforidua and Wa.

He participated in the 2017 and 2018 editions of Ghana meets Naija, An Annual musical concert organized in Ghana to promote unity among Ghanaian and Nigerian artists. The concert also seeks to provide an opportunity for music lovers to interact and take photographs with their favorite artists from both countries.

Fancy Gadam on Easter Monday 2020 was invited to perform at the Covid-19 Virtual Concert together with other top Ghanaian artists for the launch of the Ghana Covid-19 Tracker software. An initiative to help trace and track persons with coronavirus in Ghana.

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Philanthropy

Fancy Gadam made a donation of assorted drinks, food and other items to the Yumbass special school, a special school for needy and less privileged in the northern region.

On 30 December 2017, Fancy Gadam and his management, 5 minutes records made a donation of rice and several assorted items to the national chief imam of Ghana, Osman Nuhu Sharubutu.

Endorsements

In 2016, Fancy Gadam signed a one-year deal with Twellium Company Limited, manufacturers of rush energy drink as the brand ambassador for the 3 northern regions of Ghana. He now joins other musicians like Rudebwoy Ranking, Shatta Wale and Kwadwo Nkansah as brand ambassadors for the fasting-growing energy drink in Ghana.

On 2 January 2018, He was endorsed by the Ministry of Inner City And Zongo Development And The Commission For National Culture as the new Face of Zongo community at the Zongofest 2017, an event that is hosted to honor individuals who have contributed to the development of the Zongo communities in Ghana.

Discography

Studio albums

  • Lahzibsi
  • Nyagsim
  • Ashili
  • Takahi
  • Nawuni Yeko
  • Mujahid (2018)

His 6th studio album “Dream” was released on 5 October 2019 with 13 tracks.

Notable collaborations

  • Total Cheat ft Sarkodie
  • Best Friend ft Stonebwoy.
  • My baby ft Mugeez (R2bees)
  • Only You ft Kuami Eugene
  • Langalanga ft Mr Eazi
  • Hook Up Girl ft Kwesi Arthur, Kofi Mole, Colours Man
  • Juju ft Shatta Wale
  • Fara ft Kofi Kinaata
  • Customer ft Patoranking

Awards and nominations

Northern Entertainment Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2016HimselfOverall Artiste of The YearWon
2016HimselfArtiste Of The Year northern regionWon

Northern Music Awards (NMA)

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2016HimselfArtiste of the YearWon
2016ConcreteMost popular of the YearWon
2016Ototi kuriguSongwriter of the YearNominated
2016Fancy Gadam ft. Mokid – Gadam NationBest collaboration of the YearNominated
2016ConcreteBest video of the YearWon

Jigwe Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2016HimselfJigwe New Act (Discovery)Won

Bass Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2016HimselfDiscovery Of The YearWon
2017HimselfPerformer of the YearNominated

Vodafone Ghana Music Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2017HimselfNew Artist Of The YearWon
2018HimselfSong of the Year-Total Cheat ft SarkodieWon
Hiplife Artiste of the YearWon

People’s Celebrity Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2017Himself-Total cheatFavourite music video categoryWon
2017Himself-Total cheatFavourite Song categoryWon

International Reggae & World Music Awards (IRAWMA)

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2019HimselfBest Afrobeat EntertainerWon
2020HimselfMost Promising EntertainerWon

Ghana Entertainment Awards (USA)

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2019HimselfBest Male ActWon

Ghana-Naija Showbiz Awards

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2019HimselfBest Male ActWon

All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMMA)

YearNominee / workAwardResult
2018HimselfBest African GroupNominated

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