Babi Charli is a young afropop DJ/Producer, composer and recording artist.
His first album, "Party in Africa" is set for a December 12th, 2012 release.
Babi Charli was born in Ivory Coast, in the city of Cocody that became famous
from Alpha Blondy's album "Cocody Rock". He went to school early and finishd high
school at the age of 16. He then decided to professionnally play soccer, but a series
of unexpected events such as the civil war made it impossible to travel to France where
he was set to play in the U17 of Rouen F.C.. He then secured amove to the U.S. to
pursue an electrical engineering diploma.
Move to the U.S.
Babi moved to the bay area in 2005, and started taking classes at Foothill College, while
their he met a few friends that had both passion for soccer and music. He played varsity
soccer for 2 years (2006 - 2008) and transferred to UCLA. While in the bay area he started
DJing at friends and families events, and moved on to playing in venues for different events
In the summer of 2008, he moved to Los angeles to complete his B.S. in Electrical Engineering.
He walked on to join the UCLA soccer team, and kept DJing; but he also started recording music.
In 2009, he went back home for 2 months, and mastered music making techniques with one of his friends,
Bebi Philip, who is considered one of the best producers in West Africa.
Upon returning to Los angeles, Babi, whose family were never in with the idea of him playing soccer,
decided to focus on finishing his B.S. and launch his own record label. But financial hardship made
it very hard for him to succeed. He then started DJing more often in different clubs, and for different events.
He also started working full time on the side to afford college and living expenses.
"At a point, I met with the dean of UCLA school of Engineering; when he looked at my schedule, he asked me
whether I was doing my homework while asleep. It was hard, but I always keep a smile on my face."
In 2011, after recording a few local acts, and also working with a few african big names such as Teeyah,
la Jet Set, Fally Ipupa, Marechal DJ, he decided to work on his solo project "Party in Africa",
which is set for a end of 2012 release.
As of now, he has completed his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and is working on that first album, along with
production of bigger artists. We should expect to hear a lot of music from him starting in 2013.
The song Weddin' Crasher talks about a man who plans to crash the "girl of his life"'s wedding...
But then he finds something out...