During the Winter holiday break, while some renovation was going on at our house in the village, We stayed at Silvia and Malang´s lodge. Christmas is a lively time around Sambou Kunda. A lot of kids were hanging around in the compound and so was I.
The SL bros and many of their friends from school wanted to spend their holidays learning more and more. They had some of the guitars at their house over the holidays and wanted to put a song together to play for Silvia at her birthday celebration.
We also often hung at the beach with the guitars. Sometimes we walked up to Fandema to plug in and jam on the electric instruments.
After the holiday break, I agreed to work with all the kids in the Fandema International Primary and Secondary School. They have about 50 students. Tuesdays and Thursdays I would teach the 3-4th grade and 5th-6th. Each for 45 minutes. Thursdays, I would also visit the Nursery and grade 1-2 classes to sing Gambian songs led by Osmond Cummings and accompany him on the guitar. I put the older kids into 2 groups. One beginners and one “advanced” (not completely beginners). Some kids from both classes had visited over the holiday and learned something. Some of the kids who had lived in Europe had had previous music lessons and so I put them in the advanced class as well. Any who wanted to move to the advanced group could practice until they qualified.
More of the kids began regularly coming to the Women´s class everyday after school. Adding to the youth flavour was not only the SL Bros, but also Rohey, Sekou, Ami, Kaddy, Kaya, Jamila and Buba. Now the kids, especially the boys, wanted their own name and so “The Groovy African Kids” were born.