SLA Cultural Choir is set to release its first single, Maisa, March 17, 2018. The song, a part of the choir’s upcoming album, is a plaintive melodious chant about the plight of orphans. It also includes soothing inspiring messages of hope and faith for the suffering.
The full album will be launched in April and it is an 8-song masterpiece. Some leading connoisseurs of Gambian music, privy to their songs, have tipped the upcoming album as a potential game-changer in The Gambia’s music scene
Established as a youth empowerment initiative, the “SLA Cultural Choir” is an entertainment outfit with a focus on such gems of domestic culture like “Yolelleh”, “Baye ma Lamin Daara”, and “Sonaa Mariama” among others.
The key songs of this choir bear tales depicting the culture of the Senegambia region. All songs are well researched to blend in a narrative depicting their origin and relevance.
The 13- member ensemble includes three drummers, a pianist; and singer-songwriters who composed original songs included in the upcoming album of mostly traditional folk songs.
In the words of Choir manager Jainaba Teeda Sarr “The Choir runs on Sabally Leadership Academy’s (SLA) ethos of cultural competence, engendered through dynamic and alluring renderings of our heritage to educate and inspire young people.”
Established in 2015 by former Presidential Affairs Minister and Youth Empowerment Expert, Momodou Sabally, Sabally Leadership Academy (SLA) is a youth mentorship foundation aimed at educating, instructing and inspiring youths for self-fulfillment and positive contribution towards community development and national progress.
SLA is built upon the founder’s philosophy as expounded in his self-help book “Instant Success: Ten Keys to Personal Achievement” and other books on positive thinking, self-fulfillment and patriotism authored by Sabally.