Gambian Association Ushers In 2015 With a New Year Party

BY: Lamin Sabally- Interim President

On Wednesday,  December 31, 2014, while defying the mildly cold winter weather, Gambians in Minnesota turned out in a fairly good number at the Minnesota National Guard Amory in Bloomington for the Annual New Year Party. The Party was organized and exclusively funded by the Leadership of the Gambian Association as part of its mandate to promote Gambian culture and tradition.

Reigning top DJ Bless Jagne was the magnetic source of a mix of reverberating Senegambian music. The combination of musical choice did attract most of the attendees to showcase their dancing ability. The Master of Ceremony (MC) was Gambia’s renowned actor, Momodou Musa who excellently exhibited his mastery of the microphone by energizing everyone, especially the women to dance to their satisfaction.

The New Year was traditionally welcome at Midnight with toss of non-alcoholic champagne amid slow jammed relaxing and love musical background. Attendees were later treated to assortment of delicious and mouth- watering Senegambian food and beverages.

Jaliba in Minnesota

On November 20th, 2014, Gambia’s Kora maestro and the newly crowned King of Kora, Jaliba Kuyateh made another unforgettable live musical performance in Minnesota at the same venue. This was the 2nd live stage appearance by the Kumareh band in Minnesota, the first one being in 2012 and it was Jaliba’s 4th visit in the cold mid-western state. Sponsored by the Gambian Association, the event was attended by Senegambians and friends of the Gambia, including Americans, Sierra Leoneans, Ghanaians and Liberians, to name just a few.

In a brief remark, the Vice President of the Gambian Association, Lamin Sabally recognized and praised Jaliba and his band’s contribution in promoting Gambia in the world musical map. He thanked Jaliba on his recent crowing as the King of Kora. Alkali Yaffa, the Association’s president thanked everyone for coming out to support the Gambia Association in its promotion of Gambian culture in the diaspora.

Happy Thanksgivings from MBG

The entire Million Books to the Gambia Project (MBG) team;wish you a very special thanksgiving. It is because of your generous support, MBG shipped eighteen 40-ft containers of books to The Gambia; making us the #2 shipper of books to motherland Africa during Books for Africa’s (BFA) 2013 Fiscal year.

We are thankful and eternally grateful for your support. Happy Thanksgiving to you an your family.

New Executive for the Gambian Association of Minnesota



new executive has been elected for the Gambian Association in Minnesota on Saturday November 23, 2013. The election was held in line with the dictates of the Association’s constitution which sanctioned its convening to usher in a new leadership every two years. It was supervised and conducted by an interim election management committee chaired by US Navy veteran and author of “A week of Hell, Papa Faal, aided by Gainako Newspaper Associate Editor and activist Yorro Jallow and a prominent member of the Women Association of Minnesota, Fatou Trawalley.

Following a carefully methodical betting punctuated by withdraws from the preliminary nomination pool, all, but one of the positions went unopposed, which was the Secretary General position. Alkali Yaffa, Minnesota National Guard Sergeant retained the presidency unchallenged. Lamin Sabally, former Gambian Journalist and Senior Electoral Officer  of the Gambia’s Electoral Commission was equally unanimously elected unopposed as Vice President, Yankuba Fadera, a strong unionist and energetic staunch supporter of the Obama Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill retained the Treasurer position, Mam Nyaha  Jome-Ceesay, a registered nurse and an active member of the MN Gambia Nurse Association won the only contested election for Secretary General, Karim Dibba, a rising computer geek  is the Information Technology Officer and  Lamin Jagne AKA DJ Bless Jagne, Minnesota top Disc Jokey emerged as Program Coordinator.

Minnesota July 4th Event Presents Thrilling Children Compettion On Senegambian History

Gambians and Senegalese in the Midwestern state of Minnesota on Thursday July 4th impressively converged in their huge numbers to celebrate the American Independence anniversary at the usual Columbia Park located at the suburb of the great city of Minneapolis. The annual fun- packed event which was jointly organized by the Gambia Association in Minnesota and their Senegalese counterpart, was also attended by non-Senegambian natives including friends of the two inseparable countries linguistically, ethically and culturally.