Summer Visit Success

 Our excellent group of students from St John's, from London and from Ireland were in Gunjur for three weeks in July and August staying with families and working on the construction of a fence around the magnificently productive 12 acre women's vegetable garden which was first fenced in 1999 by another indomitable group of students led by Nick Webb, using traditional materials, to keep cattle out. After 15 years, the cattle were beginning to win the battle, the cabbages were suffering and it was time to provide concrete posts and barbed wire.

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Jaliba crowned King of Kora - The Standard

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The story has hit social media platforms by storm across the globe as well as being reported in www.maafanta.com in the US and Kaironews paper in the UK. 

The Standard Newspaper in The Gambia reports:

 'King of Kora' is a title that has long preceded the name of Jaliba Kuyateh, but on Saturday the Brikama-based, Niamina-born former classroom teacher was crowned 'King of Kora' in a well-attended ceremony in the British city of Bristol...

The crowning was undertaken on behalf of Kombo Sillah Association (KSA) by the founder of the Gunjur-Marlborough link, Dr Nick Maurice, who stated that the ceremony will go "a far way in contributing to the global recognition of a truly great man, the King of Kora, Jaliba Kuyateh."

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King of Kora

Jaliba Kuyateh
MBG Director, Nick Maurice has had the extraordinary privilege bestowed on him of crowning Jaliba Kuyateh "King of Kora" in a ceremony to take place in Bristol at 1.00 am on Sunday 8 June! Jaliba started playing the 21 stringed traditional West African instrument at the age of five and is recognised worldwide as the leading kora player. Nick writes:

"This came to me 'out of the blue' and I almost fainted on the spot when I read the letter of invitation from my friends and colleagues in the Kombo Sillah Association. I have heard Jaliba when he has performed in Gunjur, fundraising for some of the initiatives in which we have been involved and I have always been hugely impressed by his technique, his musicianship and his extraordinary ability to connect with his audience.

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