One of the Gambia's sprouting reggae dancehall stars recently returned home after representing the country at one of Venezuela's Grand Festival, which was also graced by other artists from around the globe.
ENC together with another rising sensations-Manding Morry, were among a 10-member Gambian delegation that returned home after showcasing the country's rich cultural heritage in this Latin American nation's 4th annual International Cultural festival. The international fiesta, which commenced from 22n d to 29th July 2012, in Caracas, brought together people from diverse cultural spectrum, particularly West Africa and Latin America, with the objective of, among other things, honouring their African roots and its heritage.
In an interview with What's On, ENC as widely called described the trip as a great catalyst to his success, being the first Gambian dancehall artist to represent his country in an international festival."It makes me see the other side of the music world both on structure and general diversity of music at large." he said, while revealing that, the trip was all financed by the Embassy of Venezuela to The Gambia. He added: I am giving a trend setting compilation CD mix tape which consists of 25 songs, strictly classical dancehall songs, internationally promoted songs and collaborations.
When asked about the personal impact the trip has, he stated: "It has given me a great travel experience, transiting through a city like Spain is an eye opening spot for me and the feedback and appreciation from my fans have been multiplied simultaneously since I stepped out of the country and when I made my entry back home. It has earned me respect in personality since being an international is a lot of peoples dream, especially Gambia where travelling for an artist is always a question."
He finally urged his colleagues to make more internationalworks to ensuretheir music is exposed to other parts of the world. "I want to make more international works to make sure my music is out there on the main stream which is already going good in places like -US (Atlanta, Boston) London, Kingston Jamaica and even in Kenya" he noted.
ENC, who shot to stardom in recent years, equally challenged his counterparts to step in the same shoes with him in a bid to achieve more than he is, adding: "My advice to my fellow artists is to stop fighting each other and work as a family to get there. Let's learn from each other and maintain respect, we shall surely be there."