Dec 3, 2020, 12:36 PM
The Gambia Association of Professional Photographers (GAPP) last Friday held its congress, where they elected new executive to steer the affairs of the association in the next four years.
Paul Hawker, who has been widely renowned for his music sobriquet, Pablo G Da Same Man, believes the move is part of his philosophy of caring and sharing with the poor and needy, something that has been part of him while growing as a youngster.
However, the recent gesture comes on the backdrop of a similar presentation of rice to needy families in Kotu some months ago.
"So this is just part of fulfilling those dreams."
Pablo G Da Same Man has been renowned for his philanthropist work and believes the gesture is part of his philosophy of caring and sharing with people in local communities.
Responding to the gesture, Babucarr Jallow, one of the beneficiaries hailed the donor for his magnanimity.
He prayed that God Almighty guide and reward the benefactor for his service to humanity.
"I also prayed that God Almighty continue to shower His Infinite blessing and guidance at all times."
Other beneficiaries expressed similar sentiments, praying for the long life and health of the reggae artist to continue such philanthropic work.
Born Paul Hawker in Georgetown, Guyana on February 20, 1958, Pablo G as widely referred to, attended St. Mary’s High School in Georgetown, Guyana.
In 1974, at the age of 13, he left his country for America where he continued his schooling at Boys and Girls High in Brooklyn, New York.
However, he developed early inspiration in music around 1972 while listening to the uplifting sound of artists like Paul McCartney, and groups like New Birth and Earth Wind and Fire on the radio.
Two years later, Bob Marley exploded in the U.S and ‘Pablo G’ began hanging out listening to Dance Hall Music by artists like Big Youth, I Roy, and Bob Marley. In 1977, when “the two sevens clashed”, he joined the “Shock Treatment” band owned by Noel Waddle.
It was in 1987, when he joined the GT Ninja Band, where he learned the ups and downs of the music business.
In 1991, at the First Annual Caribbean Music Awards held at the world famous Apollo Theater, the group earned a Grammy for the Best New Group. Immediately following, he began to form his own group in the living room of his apartment.
The group he created is the “Royal Bannah Sound:. In 1997, he started recording for Amerindian Productions under the management of Marlon Jardine, famous Calypsonian, Lady Guymine (Granny Fit), and Pamela Maynard (Heal the World Remix). While still with the “GT Ninja Band”, he recorded the album “A Train” and various other vocal tracks.
Former Gambian wrestler, Omar H.O. Saidykhan through his Abousy Community for Development Association recently extended magnanimity with the donation of over 600 30kg bags of rice and 2000 facemasks to needy people and vulnerable households in the Abousy community.
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Babucarr S. Trawally, a veteran Gambian photo-journalist and co-founder of The Gambia Professional Photographer’s Association (GPPA) now referred to as The Gambia Association of Professional Photographers (GAPP), ...