Confirmed reports revealed that the annual Open Mic Festival 2013 is slated for the December 27th at the Independence Stadium in Bakau. The monthly hood-to-hood street stage show, which later culminated in a mega festival, is celebrating its sixth year of existence .
Claimed to be the Gambia's biggest music night celebration-'Open Mic Festival' is an event set to tap and bring to the fore, The Gambia's unseen finest talents. The annual festival continues to provide the biggest live platform for recording and performing artistes in the Gambia. It has impacted urban Gambian music over the past five years serving as the blueprint for most local concerts. It is also provides aspiring musicians the opportunity to build careers and earn livelihoods by pursuing their passion for the art of music. This years' event will be a thrilling one and the confirmed list of artists to perform at the concert include; Killa Ace, Abou and Fafa, Brain Kracker, Silky Crist, Cyco, Gee, Manding Morry, Jali Madi, S.T, Benjamin, ENC and to mention a few others.
For Abdou Karim Waagan Fye, one of the co-organisers of the annual fiesta lot of well-known Gambian artists will be doing a live band performance with the holy family band at the independence stadium. He said the artists who are on the official list of the open mic festival includes the super Eagles who are coming for the first time and are among the founders of Gambian music. When asked about the criteria artistes need to fulfil to be part of the annual open mic performing acts, Fye said as far as it is a live band the artist need to be good in performing live and that the monthly open mic appearance matters a lot. Wagan use the opportunity to inform Gambians especially club goers, that they may not be the best in the country, but they have to support artists and that he believes the selected artists can move the crowd. "We try to come different every year and bringing the Super Eagles, who are fit to be our fathers and grandfathers, is just an ice on the cake".
He thus thanked all the sponsors associated with the open mic, noting that tickets will be available next week and those who want to purchase their tickets in advance can do so . "As usual we are expecting people in their large numbers to come and celebrate Gambian music, they are going to have a good time and no one will regret coming to witness the open mic festival. I personally want to wish Gambians a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year in advance". Meanwhile for details about the upcoming open mic event Wagan Faye can be reach on 7431111.