By Modou Sinyan
An evangelist Gospel singer, Humis Sambou, is set to stage a multidimensional musical concert on 5th January 2023 at the Pencha Mi Hall. Speaking to Ms Sambou she told our medium that the “Mbalax Concert” will serve as a fundraiser to support the pitiable condition of health services in some remote parts of the country which they encountered when travelling for evangelism. Hence the drive to bring forth a musical project named “Safe to Sleep”.
During her evangelism tour, Humis explains that alongside her Belgian counterpart, Apostle William, they shared some mosquito bed nets after their programs at vulnerable communities and villages in The Gambia. She explains that the bed nets are foldable and usable in a number of different types of beds.
Malaria Above World Average in The Gambia
According to statistics by World Bank Data, Malaria incidents stood at 87.3 cases per 1,000 people in The Gambia. Statistics show that Malaria cases dropped from 373.2 cases per 1,000 in 2000 to 256.4 per 1,000 people in 2011. Since 2012 the number of cases continue to decline rapidly with the steepest decline occurring between 2013 to 2014 when the number of cases dropped from 292.7 cases per 1,000 people to 150.1 cases per 1,000 people.
Malaria cases are currently at an all-time low, however, the United Nations plans to end Malaria and a number of other diseases by 2030 as part of its Sustainable Development Goal 3: Target 3.3. In comparison to Senegal, their 2020 statistics highlight that incidents of Malaria were as low as 49.9 cases by 1,000 people. Meanwhile, the Wolrd average count of Malaria incidents was 59.2 cases per 1,000 in 2020. This shows that Senegal is performing better than the World average which is not the case for The Gambia.
The Gambia’s Malaria count is almost double that of Senegal. The statistics serve as a motivation for people like Humis to seize the bull by the horns to combat Malaria in The Gambia.
The “Mbalax Concert” will showcase some raw talents and aspiring gospel ministers. Also expected to perform are youth choirs from St Therese’s, St Kizitzo, St Charles Luanga, Blesses Sacrament, Holy Cross Catholic Church and New Life Choreography.
Speaking on her journey to becoming a Gospel Artist Humis explains that she earned her stripes by volunteering in a number of music groups and the church choir before launching her solo career in 2012. She believes that the musical spirit she has within her gave her the confidence to spread her love for God and music.
Gainako will like to encourage all followers to attend the “Mbalax Concert” which promises to entertain and captivate the audience while contributing towards a worthy cause. Members of the public can purchase an advanced ticket for as low as D250.
Humis is promising all and sundry to expect a great display of Gambian music and culture at the “Mbalax Concert”. “It’s going to be a great evening and all fans and spectators will happily rejoice with us”, said Humis Sambou.