With Makutu Manneh
Welcome to another edition of Arts and Music, the Column which informs, educates and entertains readers about Gambian arts, culture and tradition. In today’s edition, we will provide readers with information on the album Musa Mboob and the Xam Xam Band plan to launch. The artist and his band are set to launch their debut Album called ‘Catching The Grove’, a nine song compilation music album project set to be officially released on 20th July 2023, in England.
The Album is a world music production with an African and European taste, unifying and fusing the difference between African and Western music.
Prominent percussionist and singer, Musa Mboob fondly called ‘Mbalahal’, is one of the leading personalities of Gambian cultural music. He said ‘Catching The Grove’ Album was produced by the band, adding they are set to tour Europe and Africa after the official launching of the Album. He said the band has produced quality music in order to make a difference in their work, when compared to their previous albums. He emphasised that quality music consists of various elements that makes a good production for public consumption.
The popular percussionist is a music enthusiast and a cultural ambassador known both at home and abroad for promoting African norms and values to the wider world. Musa has spent decades playing percussion at traditional music festivals and cultural ceremonies. He has participated in series of musical platforms, festivals, workshops, art exhibitions and international cultural exchange programs. He has years of experience in the global music industry and has played with many bands, including Ifang Bondi, Boka Halat, Guelewarr, Njom Music Band, Joko, TAPS, African Express, Alan Skidmore and Ubizo, etc.
Musa is an agent of change for society and has uplifted and honed the skills of many young talents in the industry, both at home and abroad.
In his interview with Foroyaa, Musa said his community projects and philanthropic contribution to humanity, will always continue to benefit the human race. The popular percussionist calls on all musicians to use their creativity to change the world to be a better place for all to live. He said music is not only about entertainment, but that it generates huge economic returns for a country, adding the message an artist portrays should contribute to human philosophy and thinking.