Born Haruna Touray but widely known by his music moniker-Manding Morry, he is no doubt one of the Gambia’s rising stars with great lyrical potentials. His surname Touray depicts greatness in Mandinka because in the Mandinka tradition, the Touray is known to be great marabouts, (Morros in Mandinka). This therefore explains why he chooses the stage name Manding Morry, a name that symbolises greatness all over.
Born in the coastal town of Bakau New Town in 1987 to a family of great traditional music heritage, Manding Morry’s talent, determination and performance ability is of no surprise to anyone who has heard his work or seen him with the Unique Clan before going solo and now a fully accomplished Afro-manding rap star.
Starting from the Unique Clan with four of his mates was exciting and going into the studio for the first time to record professionally was even more surreal for the singer.
It was on Christmas Day in 2009, when Manding Morry alongside his clan performed at the historic Open Mic Festival in front of 10,000 wailing fans. Since then, this super ambitious, young but amazing lyricist has gone solo, finalising a full album and exclusively signed to Gambia’s premier music label, Music-O Records in 2010. The album was superbly crafted at State of Mic studios under the supervision of Ann-1 aka Tha Sound Smith. His swift move to sign an exclusive deal with Music-O Records was welcomed by music fans all over.
The singer, though young has an untainted high degree of working chemistry that has allowed him to produce what was soon going to be the best ever Afro-Manding Rap album on the shores of The Gambia. It featured songs like ‘Felleh Ko Tele’ and ‘Ku Laika Dinyeh’ featuring Gambian US-based Soul and R&B sensation, Amie Dibba.
Manding Morry has also had songs with Unique Clan including the hit ‘Poding Poding’ and also done collabos and duets with a host of other musicians. A song titled ‘Be One’, which was featured on his debut album, saw him conjured soul-touching and conscious lyrics alongside Trobul Smallz, his Label mate, Pa Omar Jack, Gee Baby, Big Ams, M Nizzle, Yankuba Konteh and Vypa.
Despite being also known as the sibling to his more famous brother, the established Gambian musician- Jalex, he has made his personal mark on music lovers and created his own identity as a formidable artiste. With his music much played across radio stations in the country, a lot is expected from this super energetic stage king.