26 February 2013

Gambia: Jamaican Artiste Hails President Jammeh

A female Jamaican reggae dancehall artiste has hailed the Gambian leader, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr. Yahya Jammeh's vision cum philosophy of coming out to celebrate The Gambia's Independence musical concert on Tuesday with his people.

Jahseen Foster aka Tenza (Boss Lady), who was speaking to the Daily Observer during an interview Sunday at the Ocean Bay Hotel at Cape Point in Bakau, also described the Gambian leader as an exemplary leader.

It would be recalled that the Jamaican star and scores of Gambian artistes recently performed with one of the world's reggae dancehall masters of recent times, Peetah Morgan.

The concert, which was part of activities marking The Gambia's 48th Independence Anniversary, was held at the July 22nd Square in Banjul. The event was graced by President Jammeh, Cabinet ministers, senior government officials and a multitude of music enthusiasts, among them the Green Youths.

Tenza aka Boss Lady, who did not hide her admiration for the Gambian leader's principles, explained that she is not only happy with the fact that the Gambian leader graced the event, but that his convoy entered the July 22nd Square with Bob Marley's 'One Love' song'.

She described the latter as one of the icons of Jamaica.

She continued: "He [President Jammeh] entered the July 22nd Square all filled with One Love that makes me feel like being in heaven, seriously. I have high respect for this man, because music is a healing thing and he found that and knows it. And he chooses reggae music of all things. So for me I can't wait to spread the word in Jamaica, trust me. He makes me feel good and there is no word to explain how amazing it was to see that he stood there when we were performing and enjoyed every bit of the show.

"It was really good for him to come out and party with his people, you don't get that everywhere in the world. When I was about ten or eleven years old I didn't know who my president was and I have never seen him before. But for President Jammeh, he comes out and party with everyone and everyone knows him. That is really great."

She described the concert as wonderful, noting that the people enjoyed the music and the good vibes.

"Everyone was excited and it was very peaceful as well. It was really a good concert. Normally, events like this, whether it is in the UK or Jamaica, there is always fighting or something else. But there is no fight here and it was so peaceful and everyone was enjoying the music. It's a joy and it was really good to be there to see all the young people enjoying, especially the Green Youths, who as well showed me lots of love," she added.

Read the exclusive interview with the Jamaican reggae sensation Tenza on What's On column this Friday.

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