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MORNING SONG: Seinabo Sey - Younger.

You’d be seriously hard pressed to find anyone who possess both the depth and youthfulness of 23-year-old Gambian-Swedish singer Seinabo Sey.

In her debut single, produced by Magnus Lidehäll, Sey doesn’t shy away from expressing her philosophies on the things that inspire her and motivate her to pursue her dreams with every waking moment. She’s full of wise words. Her infectious statements linger and settle in your consciousness. As the group of young believers accompanying Seinabo Sey through this serene and picturesque setting go about doing the wonderful things that young people do, Sey stays grounded in the deliverance of her message. Whilst it may sound, and look, as though she’s romanticizing youth, right at the very start of the video, through symbolism, Sey acknowledges the fragility of life and the human spirit - a theme that plays out throughout the video.

Supported by the song’s continuous and climaxing beats, Sey’s voice carries a sense of both freedom and urgency. No syllable uttered or lyric sung goes to waste. The advice she dispenses is both instructional and filled with a sense of upliftment that only makes you want to fulfill all the things you once gave up on.

"There’s a way to be yourself, I assure you this
There’s a way to get your dreams without falling asleep.
You might as well get it while you can, babe,
Cause you know you ain’t getting any younger”

Want to be wow’d some more? Watch her perform ‘Younger’ live.

In Photos: “Signares” by Fabrice Monteiro.

Exploring history and fashion along the west coast of Africa, for his series ‘Signares' Belgian-Beninese photographer Fabrice Monteiro recalls a time in history where distinct cultures collided.

As European traders and explorers began to ascend on Africa’s west coast around the 15th and 16th century, as these men where forbidden from bringing their families and wives from their home countries, they began to intermingle and intermarry with African women in the Senegambia region. As a result of these relations, many of these women began to orchestrate business dealings to their benefits “using these partnerships to bolster their socioeconomic standing and personal trading enterprises”. One signare in the 1770s from St Louis, Senegal, is noted to have been a property owner and dealer as she bought and sold property in Saint-Domingue, while “five other signares in Gorée signed a petition against a poorly run French company that had been awarded an exclusive contract with the island”. 

Although these relations were not at first recognized by colonial and European authorities, it later became acceptable for Europeans living in Senegal to marry and have their descendants profit from these unions through heritage rights. Most of these women were considered to be of a high class and often married “middle-class executives or French and English aristocrats”. Naturally, a new sense of fashion was born as the women combined their own traditional styles with European attire at the time.

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Serrekunda market, Gambia.

Say’hu - Motherland

US-based hip hop Gambian artist Say’hu performing his latest single.

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submitted by Ken

Banjul, Gambia

SPORTS: Nigeria vs Kenya, and Cote D’Ivoire vs Gambie.

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Happy Independence Day to all of our readers from The Gambia!

The Gambia became independent from British colonial rule on
18 February, 1965.

 “Suivi de la chute et de la desperation”
Under the Influence, fall/winter 2012
Awa Ceesay by Suzie Q & Leo Siboni 

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Doll used in Stillbirth Ceremony in Gambia, c.1930-50

This doll is made of baked mud with textiles and human hair. It is a replica of one made in a Gambian Village for women who had had stillbirths. The doll is treated as a live child. It is baptised on the eighth day, when a feast is held. In many West African medical traditions, stillbirth is attributed to evil forces or spirits. It requires a range of healing practices, some dating back thousands of years.

This is a popular Gambian dish, Benachin, originated from the Wolof meaning cooking with one pot. As the name may suggest, just about anything can go in, this is Africa’s answer to a good risotto lady fish. Alternatively it can be made with beef. Always use fresh herbs as this gives a good flavor to the food. The preparation might take about 1hr.
Ingredients: Fish or meat, lemon juice, basil leaves, aubergine, chopp fresh parsley, small medium onion, fresh chili, fresh tomatoes, pumpkin, carrot, medium cabbage ,vegetable oil, water, tomato paste if you want the colour to appear
Recipe.

This is a popular Gambian dish, Benachin, originated from the Wolof meaning cooking with one pot. As the name may suggest, just about anything can go in, this is Africa’s answer to a good risotto lady fish. Alternatively it can be made with beef. Always use fresh herbs as this gives a good flavor to the food. The preparation might take about 1hr.

Ingredients: Fish or meat, lemon juice, basil leaves, aubergine, chopp fresh parsley, small medium onion, fresh chili, fresh tomatoes, pumpkin, carrot, medium cabbage ,vegetable oil, water, tomato paste if you want the colour to appear

Recipe.

Portraits taken in Gambia, 2010, by UK-based photographer Khalil Musa.

These portraits include the faces of musicians Sarjo, Mohammed, Modu and YaYa Jammeh.

Mother & daughter

The Gambia