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The Last Voyage of the Lady Chilel Jawara

03/22/2011 08:32
 In 1984, the popular Gambian ship sunk off the Farafenni coastline, killing three tourists and a little Gambian  girl. A survivor recounts the ordeal     By Dave Farrow This is the tale of a near-death experience, many years ago and in another country. Arriving in the...

Editorial/Lament for a Ship

03/22/2011 08:24
Picture this: 30 years ago, a group of teenagers are sitting atop the erosion-challenged banks of the Basse river. They are probably brewing some Green tea or just whiling away time under the shades at "Nature", the popular hang-out along the river line. It is very late in the afternoon....

Music & Culture/Explaining Jaliba Kuyateh

03/13/2011 10:32
What He Means To His Country   By Cherno Baba Jallow   As a life-long fan of Jaliba Kuyateh, I read with great interest Suntou Touray's feature article on the Gambian Kora maestro. The article, sprinkled with comments from a number of Gambian musical observers, is at once informative and...

Response/Another View

03/13/2011 10:26
Jaliba Kuyateh: The Evolution Of A Man And His Music By Suntou Touray   I agree entirely with Cherno Baba Jallow that Jaliba’s music can be enjoyed by a diverse audience of Gambians or Kora lovers. Inherently, my postulations on the study of Jaliba’s musical craft is premised on the...

The Meaning Of February 18

03/02/2011 15:13
With National Independence, A Call to Community Service The essence of February 18 is to continue building on community progress, join a local association, take part in your community's activities and be your brother's keeper  By MB Krubally I am sure by now most of you know how passionate I...


03/02/2011 15:10
The Independence Of Collective Effort Countries, each year, and on different dates of the calendar, celebrate their independence from colonial subjugation one time or the other during their respective pasts. America celebrates its independence on July 4. Solomon Islands, July 7. Senegal, April 4....

Gambian History/Edward Francis Small

02/19/2011 10:13
Thursday, February 10, 2011  Who Was Edward Francis Small? By Pa Samba Johm   Before Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara demanded and gained Gambian Independence from British colonial rule, it was Edward Francis Small who began it all. He was there among his fellow British West Africans who...

Reporting Basse (Photos)

02/09/2011 05:13
Sunday, January 30, 2011 SPOTLIGHT ON THE BASSE ASSOCIATION ... Since its inception, a little less than two years ago, the Basse Association (BA), funded entirely by volunteer members around the world, has been working on a number of initiatives in Basse....


01/29/2011 13:56
  Recently, the Basse Association (BA), represented by visiting executive members Wuyeh Yorro Sanyang, Alhagi Saibo Drammeh, Bakary Jallow, and in consultation with home-based groups, organized a town hall meeting in Basse in an attempt to engage the community on a number of issues. The people...


01/22/2011 11:22
January 4th, 2011 During a recent trip to The Gambia, the author went on searching for individuals who brought name and recognition to Basse football. These individuals were some of Basse’s finest sportsmen and community leaders. They were an inspiration to many youths in Basse. He discussed the...
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Basse History Debated


10/11/2009 13:56
The Past Explained Sometimes, in the silence of your own solitude, you find yourself lost in picturesque thoughts, in wonderland. Your mind is talking to itself. Imaginations are running aplenty. If you have a fondness for nostalgia, then you cruise down memory lane, reflecting on, say, childhood,...

Basse: A History Buried in Syllables

10/11/2009 13:49
 By Ebrima Kamara  "Deficiency in our languages has effects beyond not being able to speak them; it affects our sense of history, our sense of reality and our worldview in general." - Ebrima Kamara Please allow me to say a word concerning the depiction of the history of Basse, which has...


10/11/2009 13:40
  By Cherno Baba Jallow I guess now we are all agreed that this debate has gotten really interesting. I am sure it has been a learning experience, at least for some of us keen about history and the historical. But lest the importance and purpose of this debate collapse in a constellation of...


10/11/2009 13:23
  By Momodou Baldeh It seems you’ve succeeded in igniting an interesting debate between Cherno Baba Jallow and me. I would like to respond to some of the questions and observations he raised in his last posting. He is right that I’ve never come across a Samba Sowe throughout my research...

Who Founded Basse?

10/11/2009 13:21
Since this is a website for and about Basse, we thought it fitting to publish the debate on Basse history first carried by the Gainako newspaper in 2007. The edited versions have been reprinted here with the expressed permission of Gainako and the participants.   By Cherno Baba...

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