4 October 2013

Gambia: Egaliterian Set to Tour United States

Dancehall artist Modou Lamin Bah who goes by his musical sobriquet Egaliterian and his Dinkendoh Family Band are expected to participate in a mega cultural festival to be staged in Chicago, United States of America starting October to November 2013.

The dancehall cum hip-hop sensation is a goodwill Ambassador for SOS Children's Village in The Gambia. He will be participating in the cultural show to be hosted by SOS Children's Village based in Chicago, Lockport and Casa Tepeyae. His participation is facilitated that by SOS Children's Village with the main aim of raising funds for needy children but also to 'entertain children with cultural music.

Speaking to What's On, Egalitarian revealed that he will be the only African musician to perform at the event and will use the opportunity to teach American children how to use kora, balafon, jembeh and halam through his stage performances. "Children in Chicago are going to be taught about African music and how to sing our local traditional songs".

Egalitarian disclosed that the SOS Charity Concert as it is called, is geared towards introducing young children to African music but also to cement ties between SOS The Gambia and SOS Chicago Children's Village. The rising sensation also explained that during his upcoming tour to the United States, he will collaborate with Full Sail University to produce musical records with some artistes which will be held on 17th October 2013.

Egalitarian burst into the music scene in the 2000s and became a household name in the country within ashort period of time. He got his music inspiration while in the Southern Senegalese province of Casamance where he spent his early childhood. Since then he has released four albums, but one of his albums; 'Fellow Sufferer' sold more copies thus earning him rapid popularity even beyond the shores of the country.

Another cloudburst hit 'Kick It Out', follow suit and was part of the latter album track. The latter has been widely circulated in the country and the album even won him numerous international awards like the optimist production award in Dakar in December 2004.

With his popular slogan: Unifying people through sound, he later released his debut album called 'Fellow Sufferers' in 2005. Again, he dropped his second album entitled 'sufferation', in a short period of time, which was dedicated to HIV/AIDS and distributed for free. He is also a member of the AURA-(Artist United for Rap in Africa) formed in 2005 comprising 17 artistes from 10 West African countries. I

ts main objective is child rights advocacy, and Pan Africanism. With this they have traveled far and wide to countries such as Senegal, Mali, Togo, Benin, Guinea Conakry, France, Switzerland and Burkina Faso, where he attended a festival organised by the Prime Minister of the Country.

Egalitarian is currently working on his 5th album and also hopes to set up an entertainment art centre which will benefit all Gambian musicians. As a fervent supporter of cultural music, he described his songs as one that seeks to promote Gambian music globally.

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