the countdown at just over two weeks to The Gambia’s 54th Independence Day,
Gambian rap duo Poetic X, have released another socio-politically conscious
track entitled “Ligaye” which translate to work in Wollof. The main chorus
encourages government and all Gambians to work towards national development “na
ngurr bi ligaye, yep a ligaye”.
Produced by Maw G with Kora instrumentals by Mafu, Ligaye features Bilal’s hall mark punchlines and Ayo Jack’s vocals on the chorus. Known for critically acclaimed hits like Sunu Dekala and more recently #OneGambia featuring the late Aminata (Swedish Gambian singer), the rap duo have laid down another marker targeting poor electricity and water supply (NAWEC), low wages which encourage endemic corruption and The Gambia’s poor work ethic.
An old African proverb states that “it’s not the monkey on top that make a tree fall but it’s the work and effort of numerous small insects and ants.” Similarly the #NewGambian utopia will become a reality only through the resilience of #NewGambians willing to put in work and ready to denounce corruption and sacrifice partisanship support at the altar of national development.
Bilal holds no punches as he speaks to the overzealous partisanship support undermining Gambia’s efforts towards national development.
Nyun nak santu nyu Jammeh, teh santu nyu Darboe
Sallah du sunj nijai, teh bokunyok Barrow
Santu nyu Kandeh teh Jatta du sunj gorroh” Bilal.
It’s no coincidence that ‘Ligaye jot na Gambia am na bopam, bopam’ almost became The Gambia’s Independence song. In the same vein this track brings a more relevant modern day vibe to the message which still rings true today half a century after ‘independence’. As we commence another year into the third republic, it’s high time we all (from Government to civilians) work to develop a country which future generations of Gambians will be proud of.
“Purr rewmi doh fok kuneka play sa part, Jappa fi ma jappa felleh nyu johanteh support” Bilal.