Back in 2009 we followed (from the comfort of our air-conditioned office, you understand) Jason and Helen Florio on their epic 700 mile walk around The Gambia. Not content with completing that great journey and returning with some extraordinary photographs and a soon-to-be-published book, the couple are soon to embark on an even more arduous and trailblazing voyage: a 1000km odyssey from the source of the River Gambia in Guinea to where the river flows into the sea on the Gambian coast.
An interesting article over at The Boston Globe, which explores the potential historical value of documents written in Ajami, a kind of hybrid script used in the Sudanic region of Africa from around the 10th century onwards.
Bela Fleck has for many years been one of the world’s premier banjo players. In 2005 he decided to trace the banjo’s roots back to the heart of Africa – the instrument’s birthplace. It has long been thought that the banjo was introduced to the west by African slaves, who carried the instrument with them [...]
The Gambia today celebrates 44 years of independence. On this day in 1965, the country became the last of Britain’s West African colonies to gain independence after 300 years of colonial rule and the Gambian flag of which the people of The Gambia are rightly so proud, replaced the Union Jack. The day is a [...]