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NCAC Eulogises Fallen Gambian Artist, Mbye Gaye

By Yunus S Saliu

The National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC) has paid tribute to the Gambian artist, Mbye Gaye whose demise was announced on Sunday, 9th July 2023, and described him as, a great loss to Gambian music and culture.

Director General of the NCAC, Hassoum Ceesay told this medium that the late Mbye was a close confidante of the NCAC who participated in all the festivals that the NCAC organized starting from the Roots Festival, Banjul Demba, and the urban music festivals.

“Mbye had a sweet voice. He knew a lot of folkloric songs which he rendered in his own unique style. He represented the best in Wollof folkloric music,” remembered Mr. Ceesay.

He added that Mbye was always eager to share his vast experiences, and also gave advice to the upcoming artists.

DG Ceesay said late Mbye and other mbalax artists like Koto Ngum, the drummer, and Faya Ngum dominated the Banjul music scene in the 2000s with their rich repertoire. “Thanks to his love for music, he toured many countries and recorded numerous songs and video clips,” he recalled.

On behalf of the Honourable Minister, Board of NCAC, staff, and all Gambian artists, Mr. Ceesay conveys his deepest condolences to his family and fans.


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