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Amie Jahbless Performed KBJ Art Exhibition Day

Oct 31, 2008, 7:40 AM | Article By: Njie Baldeh

Amie Jah, alias Jahbless, last weekend performed live as part of celebrating the KBJ conference Art Exhibition which was held at the MJ Finance building hall in William street, Banjul. The young beautiful female musician was performing along with other artists.

In a chat with Entertainment shortly after the programme, the young artist explained that KBJ Art Exhibition is here to promote Gambian artists especially musicians. She described the Exhibition as the first of its kind in the country, noting that organising such a programme is part of contributing to national development. She therefore thanked KBJ art conference in collaboration with Oko Drammeh multimedia. The imigongo are pieces of wood covered with cow dung and painted with natural pigments ranging from white and black to ochre. The paintings date from the early 19thcentury, when prince Kakira started using them to decorate the insight of houses.

Originating from the Eastern province of Rwanda, not far from the border with Tanzania in Kazuvo, there is a workshop in which women have revived this traditional Imigongo- wall paintings. They are available for sale through Rwanda and are used in many restaurants and hotels as modern decoration. Besides the beauty of these paintings, it is interesting to highlight that all materials used are natural, whereas the traditional motifs are geometricalin recent years, more modern patterns have also been used.