By Mamour M Mbenga
Mam-Diarra Production is set to host a mega peace concert aimed at uniting politicians and Gambians at large under one umbrella. The peace concert will feature a night of entertainment and cultural performances from musicians across the country on Saturday 29th October at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.
The event organizers have invited various politicians and other stakeholders to grace the event prior to the December 4th 2021 presidential election which is fast approaching. Organisers anticipate that the concert has the potential to unite Gambians and to increase the understanding of citizen participation in politics while encouraging the positive values of citizenship.
Gainako’s Mamour Mbenga conducted an interview with the founder and CEO of Mam-Diarra Production, Pa Malick S Mbye alias Mad Dragon who was a musician in the early 2000s with the popular music group Galaxy crew.
In the interview the CEO highlighted that the country faced dictatorship during the former regime, he added that the political impasse after the 2016 Presidential Election was a major turning point which all should not forget easily. He explained how this caused displacements when former President Jammeh conceded defeat and swiftly reversed his decision, announcing that the election results were null and void.
“Even with our newfound democracy, our political atmosphere still remains fragile and young people are at the Centre of the situation”, he said.
“The One Gambia Peace Concert is conceived to use the power of music and entertainment in order to transmit peaceful messages to young people and the nation at large before, during and after the elections,” he said.
The former musician who is now a successful businessman told Gainako that this event is not for money-making but instead to sell the concept of peaceful elections and to unite the nation before, during and after the election.
He urged every Gambian to join the campaign to intensify the call for unity as the nation deserve peace, love and tranquillity.
He said looking at the messages in the national anthem it reads “For the Gambia our homeland, we strive and work and pray, let justice guide our actions, freedom and peace each day,’’ he sang.