By Bakary Ceesay
Fafadi, alias Kelefa a Senegalese international producer, musician and peace activist, has recently called on Gambians to embrace peace, love and oneness.
Fafadi told PanAfrican Vision that propounded the damages tribalism could cause to any nation. “Gambia is one of the most peaceful and beautiful countries in the world and that, people of this beautiful land of unity must not allow tribalism influenced by political denomination to ferment ill judged differences among themselves”.
He added: “The immeasurable amount of love I have for The Gambia triggered me to produce a song that calls for the maintenance of peace and stability in the country.
“We need to look up to President Paul Kagame of Rwanda as an example- the first thing he did was to put peace in place before transforming his country beyond expectations. Gambians should forgive one another, consolidate efforts and focus on developing the nation. It also prudent for all to respect the rule of law”, he noted.
He urged President Adama Barrow should realize the potentials and capabilities of the young people of The Gambia and give them positions in his government for fast and effective transformation of the country.
Fafadi, hailed from Zinguinchor, Cassamance Region (Southern Senegal). His career in music started at the tender age of 9, supported and encouraged by his family as he explores his artistic abilities.
“Kelefa” is a multi-lingual artist known to be an outspoken straight-shooting sometimes controversial lyricist who has released numerous albums containing messages of truth, righteousness, peace and love.
He has also been highly regarded for his efforts to promote peace and lasting solutions in his native Casamance region (Southern Senegal). Casamance Freedom fighters have been seeking for independence for about three decades. “Sometimes as a result of this struggle, emotions overtake control and unfortunate incidents occur”.
As a youngster growing up in the region, Fafadi got firsthand experience of the situation. This has influenced and inspired him to voice out his message to the whole world so that everyone can understand and be aware of what is happening down in Casamance.
Fafadi’s rare linguistic abilities enable him to sing and spread his message in about 10 different languages: English, French, Portuguese, Mandinka, Fula, Wollof, Jola, among others. He represented Africa as a musician in various countries around the world.