Adding the Gambian Rhythm to New York

This was my first solo multi-media project. I followed Ebrima Jassey and Salieu Suso around for days, trying to learn more about their life and music. I finished editing this video last year and only realized it’s importance after watching it again today.

In the most stubborn way, I have rejected all suggestions of trying to expand my skillset and embrace multimedia. I stuck to print and all that it has to offer — not monetarily because that is not even quantifiable these days, but solely due to the satisfaction I get from penning my thoughts.

Nonetheless, in my pursuit and my dogged determination, I realize that I might have not given myself and my story enough credits.

Ebrima Jassey is the main character of my story and plays an instrument called Balaphone. Salieu Suso plays the Kora and both of them reconnected in New York, through music and their struggles.

It’s easy to spot Ebrima on 51st Lexington Ave station or 14th St-Union Square. I know rushing through the subway stations can be chaotic but if you do stumble upon a pleasant note, take a moment to just —  listen.

Published by royreports

Writers and journalists worldwide come to New York chasing a fantasy they seldom find. I went to New York seven years ago, searching for answers to many questions. While many of them remain unresolved, my quest to discover the truth made me a great researcher and trend digger. With a passion for writing and the knowledge of traditional journalism, I set foot in the world of digital media. I soon understood that every journalist is now a jack of all trades and a master of few. Acknowledging the importance of print and gaining new insight into multimedia, I continued on my learning journey to acquire new skills every day. After working for several global non-profits and local print-media organizations, I am back in my home country, India, to learn and uncover untold stories.

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