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Jazz Makers Hail The Gambia

Jul 10, 2009, 9:18 AM | Article By: Augustine Kanjia

The Alliance Franco Gambienne the French Cultural Network, with support from Total Gambia Ltd. have over the eighteen months been delighting Gambian audience with Jazz artists from around the world and have praised Gambia and supporting partners have promised to return.

These artists include Sylvain Sourdeix Trio, Fabien Mary Quartet, Chicago Blues, Juan Martin, Juan & Rhoses, Abdu Salim and the Hip Jazz Trio, Sandy Patton Quartet etc.

They all give exceptional concerts at the Alliance Franco-Gambienne open air theatre.

Without exception, they all appreciated and praised the warm welcome given to them at Alliance Franco-Gambienne and in The Gambia.

They all appreciated the Gambian audience with whom they said "we get across to them, they are music lovers. They participate and make us give of our best".

They all have only one wish, to come back to The Gambia and with new bands for some.

During the concerts at Alliance Franco-Gambienne, the exceptional infrastructures and the quality of the sound guarantee the artists a concert whose sound is faithfully delivered.

"No music bears a bad sound system, particularly jazz music", Jean-Luc Lopez of Trio Sourdeix said.

"The professional means of Alliance Franco-Gambienne and its technical know-how for us, who play in the biggest European stages, make us want to come back". Tonton Salut of Hip Jazz Trio said.

These excellent musical conditions, exceptional in West Africa but present in the entire French Cultural Network in the Senegambia Region begin to be known beyond the Mediterranean.

Actually, every group back to its country, in France, in Switzerland, in the United States talks about its successful experience at Alliance Franco-Gambienne and in the Gambia.

Many artists such as the Blues Singer Nina Van Horn or Norbert Grisot, the pianist of Sandy Patton showed their interest to come back in the Gambia as artist home at Alliance Franco-Gambienne and to record the songs of their next albums.

An audience appreciated by the artists, quality groups that delight the Gambian public thanks to a professional PA system, that is the result of the excellent cultural and musical alchemy of a clever partnership between Total Gambia Ltd and Alliance Franco-Gambienne.

A big thank you to the two partners that work together in order that jazz music exists in the Gambia and be accessible to everybody with a listening quality worthy of that music and its audience.