A Gambian writer working as a human resource and administrative manager at the Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA) has published the biography of Gambia's most celebrated and renowned international kora maestro, Jaliba Kuyateh.
Dr Seedy Drammeh's book on Jaliba Kuyateh is published alongside two others entitled; "Plight of office drivers, and "Roles and responsibilities of human resources professionals". This of Drammeh's scholarly works brings his publications to 10.
Speaking in an interview with this reporter, Drammeh explained that the biography of Jaliba Kuyateh was made possible after an intensive research on his achievements in Kora music. This, he posited, was also made possible thanks to the support and cooperation of Jaliba Kuyateh and his family members. "The rationale behind it is that Jaliba Kuyateh is someone who continues to play a pivotal role in the promotion of culture in the country," he stated.
The publication of Kuyateh's biography, according to Drammeh, is also anchored on the fact that people like him should have a written account of their lives. He lamented that great griots like Lalo Kebba Drammeh and others whose songs we continue to listen to, have had their account undocumented.
"I decided to document Jaliba's achievements for the benefitofboth the present and future generations, especially for youths who want to become musicians. I have printed 400 copies at my own expense and the book is now billed for launching. We are appealing to the general public to provide support towards the successful launch of the book," he added.
Commenting on his other publications, Drammeh said the book entitled "Roles and responsibilities of human resource professionals" is published to guide people within the system and to enable students pursuing studies on it understand the importance of the field.
He explained that "Plight of office drivers," aims to promote a good relationship between drivers and their bosses within a working place, as well as to underscore the importance of this category of office staff like any other.