Mar 16, 2015, 12:35 PM
For the first time in the history of The Gambia, the
National Centre for Arts and Culture, in collaboration with
Slated for Friday 14thto
According to Mr. Alajie Mbye, Manager of Maalis Music School, who is also a famous Gambian artist, the festival aims among other things to reintroduce the Kora instrument and its music. It also aims to celebrate the talents of all Gambian Kora players or griots and to discuss plans for the future development of the instrument.
He added that the festival also seeks to reclaim its birthright in The Gambia, as an instrument, which originated from the Mandinka ethnic group in The Gambia.
Mr. Mbye also lamented that over the years, the Kora has
been relegated second place in the hierarchy of traditional instruments in The
Gambia yet it was one of the very first Mandinka instruments in The Gambia and
Also speaking earlier, Ms Anna Drammeh from
For her part, Ms Isatou Njie, Performing Arts Officer at the National Council for Arts and Culture, expressed her offices fullest support to the festival. According to Ms. Njie, they want Gambian music to be accepted by our own brothers and sisters rather than accepting music from other parts of the world. "It is time for us to come to the home of Kora, bring back the old tunes of the Kora that people think no longer exist," she added.
Meanwhile the workshop of the festival will be held at Tallinding Sawo Kunda on Friday 14thNovember while the Kora concert will be held at the Buffer Zone in Tallinding on Sunday 15thNovember.