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Poetic X embarks on MED Tour

May 24, 2013, 1:35 PM | Article By: Njie Baldeh

Poetic X a young Gambian rap group in partnership with the Senegalese school has  embarked on a Music Education and Development tour (MED tour) on 20th April 2013 at the Senegalese school in Kanifing.

The tour was in the form of three activities namely, a blood donor exercise in the morning, a conference and musical concert in the evening.

“The aim and objective of the MED tour is to participate in developing our country by initiating meaningful projects, and to also put out positive messages to the people,” Ousman Cham manager of Poetic X told Entertainment.

Cham said that education interests them a lot, and since they labeled themselves as the voice of the voiceless, they came up with this idea to organize a unique demonstration to create a cultural and economic day.

He said the MED tour would enable them to use their music to contribute to social development and sensitize the pupils on how to make positive changes.

“For this first edition, we are planning on doing activities within the school and the activities will be divided into three categories like blood donation to Edward Francis Small Teaching Hospital, a conference to discuss Music, Education and Development (MED), and a musical concert in the evening,” he said.

He noted that this project is here to solidify government actions towards education.

The MED tour will also enable the artistes to manifest their artistic works and Gambian culture in front of a strong delegation during the execution of the activities.

According to him, with the agreement of the Senegalese school staff, they decided to take a patriotic action by using part of the money generated from the pupils to help the school.

“This action answers the standards of the project Music Education and Development and this is an open and modifiable proposal with the agreement of both parties (Poetic X and the Senegalese School of Kanifing) as we want to motivate other artists to emulate similar actions; anything within the framework of positively contributing is our mission,” he concluded.

About Poetic X

Poetic X comprises young artistes and their music is mainly centered on social issues.  Ayo and Bilal are the members who compose this mythical group. They stepped in the hip-hop movement when they were students, and managed to make a name in major street free-style sessions. The group became official in the year 2000.

Poetic X showed its ability with remarkable participation in various albums and compilations such as Nun Ak Yen compilation, which also featured artistes from different African countries. They also participated in the Gambian-Dutch collaboration mixed tape produced by State Of Mic. Their debut album “Yonn Beh Gudon” was released in June 2011.

They represented The Gambia at the 7th edition of the African festival of urban cultures FESTA2H annually held in Dakar, Senegal. They participated in the Futa Kodo Festival held at Futa, Senegal. Poetic X also took part in the Kanilai festival.

With the approval of the group’s manager, Ousman Cham, commonly known as Ous T, Poetic X has extend its staff size by collaborating with Abdallah Camara who is a cultural actor and also an artistic working manager.