The Gambia Music Union has been dissolved and a five-member steering committee was elected to oversee within three months. The dissolve was effected at a congress held at the Manduar Development Hub in West Coast Region.
Artistes and stakeholders tasked the new committee to review and draft a new constitution before the end of the 3 months mandate when elections will take place to determine the official executive.
Apparently fed up of the setup’s lack of progress, delegates last week opted to dissolve the Jaliba Kuyateh’s tenure, installing in an interim body now headed by Gibril Bala-Gaye (Gee) who has been elected to serve as President of the Union.
Ali Baba Ace Cham is elected as secretary general while Pa Modou Sarr, Ensa Colley and Lizzy are executive members.
The Artistic Association is supported by the National Center for Arts and Culture (NCAC) Department of Literature and Performing Art in running the affairs of the artistes.
The Brikama-based kora star was elected to replace Oliver Mboge three years ago who resigned due to his failure to take responsibilities of the Union. Jaliba promised to overhaul running of the body in his victory speech flanked by his executive.
However, barely three years into his resignation, delegates grew frustrated over the veteran’s administration characterized by absenteeism during top level union meetings with Kuyateh often busy traveling abroad.
Gibril Bala-Gaye, elected President said generation of artistes decided to take the responsibility of dictating how ‘we’ want things done when it comes to their music industry. He explained that during the congress ‘we discussed issues that we are facing as artistes and also decide to dissolve the old executive and start from scratch’
“Thank you my brothers and sisters for putting your trust in me to lead this journey,” he said, adding that he is elected to serve as the president which involve a lot of work, but they are ready for it.