West Afrucan drumming group, Tamala

Photo Essay: Tamala West African Drumming Troupe

Last December when I joined a group of travel bloggers in The Gambia, we visited the West African drumming group, Tamala, and witnessed the most fantastic display of percussion and dance I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen a lot!). All the bloggers, including myself were mesmerised and we couldn’t believe how the group kept their […]

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red-billed hornbill - Gambia bird guide

Birds of The Gambia: Red-billed Hornbill

  The Red-billed Hornbill (Tockus erythrorhynchus) Status: Very common Appearance A relatively small West African hornbill measuring just 42cm high, easily recognised by its red and orange beak (which is smaller in the females). It has a white underside, black and white mottled wings, gray and white head with a darker stripe down the back […]

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4,000 miles, 500 legs, 2 men and a van!

This morning 500 prosthetic limbs are starting the 4,000 miles  journey from the UK to The Gambia. Here’s Tom Williams, founder of Legs4Africa, to tell us more…   What is Legs4Africa? Legs 4 Africa is a charity in the UK, with focused efforts directed towards collecting redundant prosthetic limbs from hospital and anywhere else we […]

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Senegalese singer, Youssou N’dour, makes a welcome return to The Gambia

Today we have some exciting news for world music fans  about the  Senegalese singer, Youssou N’dour, one of West Africa’s most famous singers, who many people in the UK will know through his hit single with Neneh Cherry, 7 seconds and other collaborations working with the likes of Sting, Paul Simon,Bruce Springsteen, Tracy Chapman and […]

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African Paradise Flycatcher, Gambia bird guide

Birds of the Gambia: African Paradise Flycatcher

© James Fisher The African Paradise Flycatcher Status: Locally common Appearance The African Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone viridis) is a distinctive and colourful flycatcher (approximately 18cm in length) with bright blue legs, bill and eye-ring.  Both the male and female are reddish-brown with a blue-black crested head.  The male has long, streamer-like tail feathers that extend […]

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