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Gambia celebrates Int’l Jazz Day

Apr 8, 2022, 1:22 PM | Article By: Njie Baldeh

The Gambia recently joined the rest of the world to celebrate International Jazz festival held at Alliance Francais.

The event which was organized by the National Commission for UNESCO in collaboration with Alliance Francais and sponsored by Africell was presented by Mahtarr E. Njai.

Mahtarr E Njai, one of the organiser said International Jazz Day is celebrated on 30th April every year, but noted that this year, they celebrated it in March because this year, April 30th will fall in Ramadan. He added that, “The Gambia Commission for UNESCO through their office in Dakar decided that because last year, we did not celebrate it due to Covid-19, this year we have to do it one way or the other.”

He said the festival was well attended by Jazz lovers as well as school children.

According to the Jazz columnist, International Jazz day was chosen by the United Nations Office UNESCO in New York to celebrate Jazz Internationally as well as to promote Jazz as a medium that can bring people together in harmony, peace, and unity.

“What we are trying to do is to encourage people to include Jazz in their listening pleasure because Jazz actually is the umbrella  of all music and with the help of The Gambia Commission for UNESCO, am sure we would be able to celebrate International Jazz Day every year,” he concluded.

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