Historian Hassoum Ceesay pays tribute to late Efry Mbye

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The learned historian, Hassoum Ceesay in a sorrowful mood on Tuesday expressed his condolence with the family of the late ‘gewel,’ Abdoulie Efry Mbye, popularly known as ‘Everybody Mbye’ who died Monday night and was buried on Tuesday, 12 June 2019.

Hassoum Ceesay, acting director general of NCAC is presently in Kenya on an official mission. In a telephone interview with The Point, he described late Mbye as an “invaluable cultural asset.”

He further described him as one of the great Gambia griots/gewels – traditional communicator endowed with cultural knowledge and understood a lot about Gambia folklore, Gambia genealogy, history and culture of The Gambia.

Giving his family background, Abdoulie Efry Mbye was from a gewel family –a  son of Madi Samba Njie (his mother) one of the great Gambia singers and music composers who used to sing for late politician Pierre Njie of the United Party.

“Efry Mbye did all he could to popularise, revitalise, conserve and preserve the tradition of griot/gewel on radios, television, in public events by doing both works of gewel and sing praise where it is due,” Hassoum explained.

DG Hassoum, on behalf of National Centre for Arts and Culture, Gambia historians and artistic fraternity therefore sympathised with the entire family of late Abdoulie Efry Mbye who “has really done a lot to promote Gambia history and culture throughout his life time.”

Author: Yunus S Saliu