For the first time ever, Gambian associations and businesses in the United Kingdom have joined forces to sponsor a tour that would see Jaliba and band perform in five major UK cities.
There is already a high excitement level for Jaliba fans in the UK who not only see the concert tour as an opportunity for fund raising, but to meet friends in the metropolises of the British Isles.
The Gambia United Society, as the name connotes was founded in July 1997 with a common value of promoting social and cultural diversity by means of exploring Gambian history and traditions and better understanding the difference between the ethnic minority groups.
The idea of coming together became quite important, as many Gambians living in Europe felt that there was a strong need for them to be aware of the existence of each other and start communicating in a way that could be productive to every Gambian, either in their country of residence or back in The Gambia – hence the formation of Societies and Associations. In the UK alone, a number of more than five active associations are up and running serving the life blood for most v illages and community development initiates in The Gambia. Groups with similar objectives could be traced to several European countries as well as in The United States.
The Gambian kora star has already carved a remarkable niche for himself in those parts of the world, and has contributed greatly to the promotion of Gambian culture and the development of African and Gambian music in particular. He has composed many songs conveying messages to the people on social issues and rendered services free of charge to build schools, religious and health centres.
According to the Chairman of GUS, Bakary Singhateh, whose charity organisation organised the show in London, the proceeds will be used to fund the society’s malaria project.
“We have been concerned by malaria related infant mortality rates and feel that it is necessary to seek funds from any source to supplement government efforts in limiting incidents of malaria. Gambia United Society believes that with joint efforts, we can combat this disease and save the lives of these vulnerable groups in The Gambia.
“Through our humanitarian dimension, our awareness and fundraising campaigns, we hope to generate resources to fight against malaria. We welcome individuals and organisations to support us in this humanitarian project. Visit our website: www.gambiaunitedsociety.org on how to help us help others”.
By Lamin Cham