|Free download/donation in memory of Ebou Secka|
Dave Smith travelled to The Gambia in 2002 to join a course in West African culture with international students through ECCO Gambia (Education through Culture and Communication Organisation). The course ran for three weeks in Njawara, a Wolof village on the north bank of the River Gambia. It was in Njawara where Dave first heard and saw Sabar drumming in the form of dance events, wrestling matches and ceremonies within the community. Since 2002 Dave has made many return trips to The Gambia to study Sabar drumming and to work with ECCO Gambia.
Dave's first teacher in Wolof drumming was Alhaji Ebou Secka. Ebou is part of the foundations of ECCO, a master drummer and leader of the musician's community in Njawara. Ebou has been a true inspiration to Dave's work in The Gambia and Ruhabi. Ruhabi was formed in The Gambia in 2007, a project with Outhouse, a quartet from London's Loop Collective, and five Sabar drummers from Njawara including two of his son's; Kaw Secka and Baboucar Camara. Ruhabi recorded in May 2008 and have just completed an album release tour in the UK in October 2009.
Alhaji Ebou Secka sadly passed away on Thursday 11th February around 10am.
In memory of Ebou 'Song for Ibu' is available here as a free download , it is an improvised praise song to Ebou Secka which features the powerful voice of Laity Fye and the old wrestling rhythm of Lamba.
If you would like to donate please click the Paypal button below. At the end of March Dave Smith will transfer all the money raised through these donations to Ebou's family in The Gambia. This money will be gratefully received and will go towards covering the costs of the funeral and will help support the family during this very sad time.