Michael Gali Doku, known in the showbiz stream as King Gali, is a Ghanaian roots reggae songster who is noted for his soulful singing, gentle voice and positive roots radics vibes.
Gali was born on 7th July in the Volta Region in Ghana. He hails from the ever-powerful Ewe tribe which has a rich cultural history in music, dance, arts, and spirituality. It’s no coincidence that King Gali inculcates mystic elements and spirit-touching vocals in his music, such is highly identifiable with his tribesmen since ancient times.
At his spring-out King Gali entered the music scene as King Banton and capitalized on his Banton relation to build himself a multi-national first generation fanbase through a vigorous daily promotion of his singles on social media platforms. After he has earned some exposure in the space of two years, King felt the urge of snapping out of the Banton music family to not get his brand associated with the multiple Bantons in the reggae-dancehall market. Rebranding to a unique distant name was inevitable, so King stripped his name of its Banton and replaced it with Gali which means “more money” in the Ghanaian Ewe language.
After the name change it was necessary King re-promotes his early singles under his new name to not lose credit to those songs, so he instructed his personal bloggers to rename his audio post titles as King Gali, providing them with replacement artworks to reinforce his rebranding. He blasted an alert article through affiliated blogs informing his fans about his new name to get them aware of it.
Talking of current reggae artistes who have a genre-switch history, King Gali won’t miss the list. He started off as a hip life [the hip hop version in Ghana] artiste, but he defected from rap off a response to a grand call to reggae. In his brief hip life phase, Gali recorded a song titled “Ofie Nipa”. Leaving Hip Life behind, Gali built his first reggae song called “Wickedness”, which he performed on the “My Baby Riddim”. “Wickedness was mixed and mastered by Sicnarf Beatz. Finding “Wickedness” to be a good try meant a nostalgia impaired for Gali —- reverting to hip life became a permanent dead thought.
Since the release of “Wickedness, King Gali has been a staunch roots reggae head. He further pushed out four fast cuts, variously: “My Friends”, “Woman I Love You”, “Bless I” and “Let Love Lead”. Later on after a near-fatal bike accident one sad evening on his way to an event late, King Gali decided to celebrate his miraculous survival by recording “No Death” when he got well. He sustained multiple painful knee welts and a double right hand fracture.
For his craft-honing at his pre-career stage to improve his reggaematic skills, Gali committed serious lesson times to a few listed reggae greats. He started picking inspirations from Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear, Lucky Dube, Gramps Morgan, Black Uhuru, Don Carlos and others whose music attracted him compellingly. When a hip lifer, Ghana’s great rap icon Obrafour was Gali’s supreme role model.
Like the early influential reggae greats, singing to change lives for the best side; to conscientise humanity; sanctify flawed minds and help preach spirituality through revolutionary lyricism defines what Gali is set out to do with his musical gift. His lyrics are a powerful feed for the soul, as expected of a truly positive music.
Very memorable stages that Gali has touched include the Bob Marley Tribute Concert, Zero Roadblock Carnival and Banju I In Your Area nation tour, all in Ghana.
In the real world King Gali isn’t only a professional musician, he is also a dreadlocks stylist and a radio presenter pushing reggae music hard to the masses via Yang Radio
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