« The renewal of the African reggae scene » Usually presented as the the future of African reggae, Natty Jean was born in Senegal, where he started his musical career in Dakar at a local level. But soon, the hip hop world did not match his expectations anymore and Natty Jean found a new inspiration in reggae.  He finds guidance in Jamaican sound, and especially in Kingston’s new artists vibe (SizzlaJah MasonJah Cure… ) which gives him strength to take a new musical turn. He explores new horizons, mixing rap with African, Jamaican and American sounds.

In 2007, this new orientation leads him to Bamako, Mali where he meets famous producer Manjul (« Dub To Mali »Takana ZionBishop…). They work together on a first album « Santa Yalla », at crossroads between roots reggae, dancehall and more traditional acoustic instrumentals. Natty has a unique and accurate flow, embraced by mostly wolof lyrics (althought some are French or English). Each chord is a complete immersion in his native land’s atmosphere: Natty is the witness of African youth who no longer looks back but only far ahead, and have faith in the future.  Most texts tell stories about West African young people, their issues, dreams and cultural awareness, far past clichés of misery and poverty.  Natty Jean’s message is always positive and strong: he believes in his People and wants to spread hope.

In 2011 Natty makes a decisive encounter: French music band Danakil, recording an album in Bamako at the time. The crew immediately spots the young Senegalese artist, invites him to sing on two singles and to go with them on their « Echos du temps » tour in the spring of 2011. Natty Jean, Danakil’s then protégé, is now a member of the band who produced his album on Baco records label.  Natty performs with Danakil on stage, which gives him the opportunity to reach out to the French public.

Next logical step, in March 2012, Santa Yalla (« Merci Mon Dieu ») is out in French stores and Natty Jean performs his own first concerts. As of april 2012 he is accompanied by   Manjul and the Humble Ark Band who become his official musicians. A fruitful and efficient  collaboration that leads Natty to perform during the biggest reggae and world music festivals in France such as Musiques Métisses or the Reggae Sun Ska Festival, where he is very successful, thanks to his generosity and kindness.

He is currently recording his second album that should be released in 2018 !
And the first videos have leaked during performances with Danakil.

New Video : Natty Jean – Imagine

New clip of Natty Jean – « Imagine ».
Discover Imagine, eponymous title of his second album, available in CD / Vinyl and digital on :

New Album : Natty Jean – Imagine

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With « Imagine » he’s speaking about migrants’ so painful journey running thousands of kilometres to save their life and families. Sad to see his brothers leaving Africa for countries which don’t want them NATTY JEAN campaigned for more humanity return to the native land and for a reconstruction of Africa by the Africans full of hope and talent.


This Autumn NATTY JEAN will return with a new album: IMAGINE (Baco Records) an explicit title traducing his wish to bring some hope from Africa. Wrote in Wolof French and English his lyrics offer a view on West African youth: its concerns, dreams and hope far from sordid clichés. On « On M’a Dit » the first single released on June 8th with a videoclip shot in Dakar, NATTY JEAN addresses the very serious and profound thematic of the immigration and tells us how Europe became a distant and dangerous dream for young Africans.

New single now available:

Label : Baco Records

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Nationalité : Senegal

NATTY JEAN en concert

  • 20 novembre 2018
    Cenon (33) @Rocher de Palmer
  • 22 novembre 2018
    Mulhouse (68) @Le Noumatrouff
  • 23 novembre 2018
    Oignies (62) @Le Métaphone
  • 24 novembre 2018
    Dunkerque (59) @4 écluses