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Pa Salieu

An award-winning rapper has appeared in court following an inquiry into the murder of Fidel Glasgow.

Pa Salieu was charged with wounding with intent after violence in Coventry in 2018 preceded Mr Glasgow’s stabbing.

No-one has been charged with his murder, but the artist and nine more people have been charged in connection with the preceding violence.

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Mr Glasgow, 21, grandson of The Specials singer Neville Staple, was injured during disorder outside Club M.

He died in hospital.

Pa Salieu Gaye, of Hillfields in Coventry, is also charged with violent disorder and possession of a glass bottle as an offensive weapon.

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He was bailed to appear at Warwick Crown Court on 27 May.

The artist, who was named winner of the BBC Music Sound of 2021 poll in January, said he was unable to comment on the events of September 2018 due to the ongoing court process.

Nine other defendants, charged in connection with the disorder, also appeared and were ordered to appear at Warwick Crown Court for a plea hearing on the same date.

They are:

   Brendon Gama, 23, of The Coppice in Stoke, Coventry, Jiguael Botamba, 21 of Little Duke Street, Nuneaton, Mohammed Amadu, 20, of Walsgrave Road, Ball Hill and Michael Mistouflet, 24, of James Galloway Close are charged with wounding with intent, violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon.

     Adil Naseer, 24, of Park Street, Foleshill and Andrea Boadi, 21, of Lansdowne Street, Ball Hill are charged with wounding with intent and violent disorder .

      Harrison Asiedu, 27, of North Street, Stoke and Meidel Dange, 24, of Hornsey Close, Wood End are charged with grievous bodily harm with intent and violent disorder.

      Brian Kamau, 33, of Chandos Street, charged with violent disorder.

‘Lanjuro’ among DW’s 10 African movies breaking boundaries

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Lanjuro, a Gambian reality drama series, debuts its appearance on Deutsche Welle, a German multilingual network, listed among 10 African films that are breaking boundaries by the sole creativity depicted in them.

Lanjuro, a Mandinka word meaning ‘shortcomings’, is a theater in the Mandinka language based on a true-life story about love, betrayal, and deceits. It also shed lights on illegal migration in the Gambian society.

Produced in 2019 by Sheikh Omar Sawaneh, founder of Fandema Multimedia, which is a film and theater production group that specializes in the production of films, drama, advertisement, and documentaries in both local and international languages.

Speaking to Standard Lite, Sheikh Omar expressed delight in the recognition, which he said will add value to the Gambian movie industry.

He urged stakeholders to help support the efforts the industry is making.

“We got talent in the Gambian movie industry; we just need a little more support to be able to make more achievements in the future,” he said.

Eyah Marshall returns with  Nyarry Pass         

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Gambian artist, Eyah Marshall has reintroduced himself to the music industry after releasing a new banger last month titled Nyarry Pass.

The song is a strong message about the traffic hurdles people encounter on their day-to-day travels, from high cost of transportation fares down to bad roads.

Marshall said this song is a call on the authorities to take actions as “transportation issue has been going on for so many years. So I find it necessary to voice it out through my music, and seek for solution to remedy the transportation problems. I want the stakeholders to understand that the Gambian people are suffering and a solution is needed. Land ministry, transport union, central government and even local government, I call on you all,” he told Standard Lite.

He also revealed the title of his upcoming released song luwaso, which entails most of the constraints people in rented homes are faced with in our society.

After a decade of hibernation, Marshall said there are lots of changes in the game but all in a positive way that had inspired him to give up on his old style of music, and adopt modern music that people will jam to.

“There is an easy access to platforms to be able to show the world your talents which wasn’t available at the early years of the industry. I have also noticed that in this era of the industry, to be able to stand out, you need to be producing conscious music that depicts the societal issues happening,” he added.

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