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African Drums

Album 06: Gamba Trip 2008

In April 2008 I returned to The Gambia with four friends to once again study with the group 'Alatantou'. It was great to see everybody again and see how they were getting on. This time the group invited me to play with them in the evenings at some of the local hotels. This was a very enjoyable experience despite my sore hands from 5 to 6 hours of drumming a day! Despite being paid very little for this the group put a lot into their performances. Not only was the money earned to be shared out between the drummers and dancers, but it also went to support others in the community. Life for musicians in Africa is not easy.



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