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The Gambia National Council of Chiefs under the Paramount Chief AlhajiDembaSanyang on Friday awarded a certificate of commendation to the NCAC for our support to the activities of the Council. It was handed over to the NCAC during the opening ceremony of the 2012 Mansabengo or chiefs meeting held at Basse, URR, 17-19 May 2012. Hassoum Ceesay, a noted historian and senior NCAC staff was there to receive the certificate and, also was the resource person on the theme of this yearsMansabengo ‘Chiefs and the promotion and development of culture’.Hassoum’s paper, which highlighted the role that chiefs can play in cultural revival, was highly praised by the chiefs who found it very instructive and purposely.

Gambia Music Union hold congress

Under the support of the NCAC, the Gambia Music Union held its congress on Thursday 24 May at Alliance Francaise, Kairaba Avenue. Baba Ceesay, Director General, NCAC gave the keynote address and exhorted musicians to associate in order to be able to help harness the potentials of the Gambia Copyright royalties mechanisms. He said the NCAC was happy to assist artists associations in order that creators can unite for the protection of their interests.

TijanKamara, NCAC Chair and other NCAC staff were at hand to assist in the elections of new officials, Dr Oliver Mbodge, veteran Gambian musician was unanimously elected President.

NCAC Organises workshop on photography for Gambian photographers 29 May 2012

The NCAC in collaboration with SaihouNjie, a veteran Gambian photographer and artists based in the USA is organising a one day workshop on Tuesday 29 May 2012, at AlliannceFrancaise, on basic photography techniques for 20 Gambian photographers and photojournalists. This is the first time that this genres of artists are benefitting from such kind of assistance from the NCAC, and it shows the new determination of the NCAC to work with all genres of the arts in The Gambia.

And an exhibition

Meanwhile, SaihouNjie in collaboration with NCAC will be holding a three day exhibition of his photos and batik prints at Alliance from 28-31 May at Alliance Francaise. The event is supported by Thocomar Company of Banjul.

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