Gambian musical scene within Africa has always been
extremely vibrant with
an intoxicating mix of the
Kora (African Harp) with its twisting,
winding melodies to the
Balafon a kind of glockenspiel which often
accompanies the Kora.
There are also a few bands playing
music as well as many up-and-coming local rap,
dances in Senegal, the most popular of which is
or Mballax, are performed at any of the
celebrations. Additionally, there are other special dances
performed during the "Bore" (wrestling matches) on
national holidays, and
other special occasions.
Rites of passage in Gambia are marked among other things with
music and song. The tunes have adapted styles from nearby
countries such as Guinea, Senegal and Mali.