What is view as a milestone move in the annals of the country's entertainment scene, five Gambian artistes Wednesday left Banjul for the United Kingdom, to perform in what could be best described as their first ever musical concert in the United Kingdom.
The stars namely, Jali Madi Kanuteh also known as Jali Madi, Troubul Smallz Suso, Slam G also known as The City Boys and Nana Mboob, are expected to perform alongside leading Senegalese mbalax diva Vivian Chedid Ndour, on Saturday December 15th at the Coliseum Suits Hall in London.
Brought courtesy of Saul Sounds Joluv Arts Entertainment in collabo with Global Properties, a Gambia based property developer, the event is also supported by Waka J, anchorman of hit talk Senegambia and Jarjefateh Freight Company. The delegation was headed by Saul Frazer, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Global Properties.
In an interview with reporters at Banjul International Airport, shortly before their departure, Saul Frazer, explained: "We've been supporting Gambia music for long time and we feel that it is right time to take Gambians music beyond the borders of the Gambia. Therefore, it deem fitting for London to be one of the first places where they are taking five Gambian artistes under one night".
The Global Properties CEO noted that ideally they want it to be an annual event and it can even be biannually but it all depends on the outcomes and what they are expecting from the first batch, when they are in UK. "This is the time when all the Gambians in the UK should make an effort to come to London and support and give thanks to the young artistes who are doing the effort to go to London to perform".
He noted that the selection of the artistes was done in a fair and transparent manner as they seek the opinion of some movers and shakers in the entertainments industry such as the media practitioners, other people after which they decided to select the five stars. He thanked the people behind the initiative adding that he could not have do it without the support of Gambia Bird Airline, who are providing free tickets for all the artistes. "We could not have done it without President Jammeh who have pave the way for young people to show their skills and what they can do for the country".
Malleh Sallah of Gambia Bird Airline, explained that any event that involves the Gambia anywhere in the world they are proud to be associated with it as the airline operates outside Gambia. "Part of our social responsibility is to give back to the youths of the Gambia and the synergy between Gambia Bird and Global Properties is a synergy that will work well. We are trying to rich the markets all over the world including the UK market where the concert is going to be held is important for us".
Sallah pointed out that currently they have two flights going to London stressing that the move is designed to make it easier for Gambians in the Diaspora to travel back home .
Lamin Manga, director of Tv Progarmmes at GRTS, also hailed the Global Properties CEO for the move saying in his right as businessman he could have spent the money somewhere else but hence his company name Global and taking Gambia artistes to global platform is exemplary. The initiative is a great pioneering effort taking five different artistes all at ago to export Gambia Arts and Culture, is a step in the right direction.
Manga noted that Global Properties CEO should be supported all the way and Gambian living in the Diaspora should also come out so that it can grow to become a big event.
Jali Madi Jobarteh, one of the artistes said this is the first time for him to travel to the UK adding that is a pride for him to be part of the trip, which he described as another music electrifying project. "This is what I have been praying in my music career to move to another country to perform and represent the Gambia".Artistes such as, Troubul Smallz Suso, Slam G aka The City Boy and Nana Mboob, all echoed similar sentiments.