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Senegal’s Gallo acquires nightclub, pledges to up Gambian artistes

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Named ‘Kerr Gallo’, the nightclub is situated at Kololi. Gallo has confirmed that he had opened it for business a week ago, promising with the nightclub he would help promote artistes. 

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He said: “As a music ambassador, I am here to help any Gambian prodigy who intends to take music as a way of life. This is what ambassadors are for; they help nurture young talents. I have travelled to many African countries to help nurture young talents. I urged all to continue to make Gambia-Senegal relations fruitful and nice.”

The renowned dancer began his music career in 1979. He caught the attention of the Senegal-Gambia music loving fans with his highly rated Taxi-arret song in the ’90s. 

He said: “I have been visiting The Gambia for decades now. I started coming here in the early 90’s. I am the one who brought Titi to the Gambia. I have been helping Pape Diouf and many others in their music career. I am happy to be here and help the young artistes. It is something I want to do. It is something I must do. I have loved this country since the day I know about it. The Gambia is like my mother land. I am the first artist that the Gambian leader invited to the country. 

“I started music when I was very young. I have roamed the world with Youssou N’Dour until I became tired. I sing, dance, drum and entertain where ever I am called to. Music has become my life and my life music.”

On words of wisdom to young Gambian musicians, Thiello said: “I am here to help but they should also strive to rise up like the likes of Jaliba Kuyateh… There are some big artistes here and the young ones must look up to them.”

While lauding the efforts of Gambian artistes, he particularly praised Jaliba Kuyateh, who he described as a top role model not only in The Gambia, but Africa as a whole.

 

By Alagie Manneh

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