Senegambia Cultural Center
Music classes and accommodation at the SCCRE
(The Senegambia Center for Cultural Research and Education)
is a new cultural and
Educational Center located in Mandinary (Gambia, West Africa). Mandinary Village is almost twenty
English miles from Banjul, the Capital of the Gambia. The official opening takes place in
of the Center
The mission of SCCRE is to
launch a project that will provide the Senegambia young and old community
research and documentary training, with the aid of media information
technology, to facilitate the documentation
and preservation of the diverse Senegambian Cultural heritage, many of which
are rapidly disappearing from
contemporary practice and use. In short, the mission of the Center is to
collect, document and preserve all the old
folk string music instruments found in the Senegambian region.
The SCCRE has a department that
specialises in the construction of all the old folk music string instruments
relates to the New World banjo. It offers reasonable prices to these
instruments to anyone who may want to buy
them from the Center. Also it has a well-educated staff that offers courses
on these banjo related instruments like
the Wolof Xhalam, the Jola Akonting, the Manjago Buchundu and the African Riti (African fiddle).
Traditional clay house
- a bed with mosquito net
- meals twice a day (lunch & dinner)
- outdoor toilet
- washing of clothes once a week
- a watchman for security
- transportation from/to airport
per week $ 250.
Renting of clay house without
food and washing is per week:
(The watchman is required)
There are no ordinary
showers. Here in the
forest we use a bucket of water and
A personal interpreter and
during your stay is per week:
Lessons in playing any
instrument includes the following;
of the particular instrument
- renting of musical instrument
- lessons, playing technique
is per week (6 days x 4 hours) $
For a full course of one
(24 days x 4 hours) the price is $ 700.
You will have the best
available teachers at each
instrument providing you a solid
The main courses offered at the SCCRE are:
- The Jola Akonting lute.
- The Manjago Buchundu lute.
- The Wolof Xhalam.
- The Bambara Ngoni.
- The Fula Hoddu.
- The African Riti (African fiddle).
The course activities offer a
field programme, which includes visits of all the Akonting sights in the Gambia. The
visits will show how most Jola Akonting players disappeared from these areas,
a Jola legend has it that they were
taken by devils. There will be a visit to Hasuka Kanjanka (Casamance), the
birthplace of the Jola Akonting and a
trip to James Island where Kunta Kinte was imprisoned. There is also a
trip to the main cultural areas Sanyang,
Kotu and Kololi. An English/French-speaking guide will join each trip at no
A trip to Kanjanka (3 days) including
transportation, meals and a hotel room.
A minimum of ten persons must partake.
A trip to James Island and Banjul
(1 day) including transportation and meals.
A trip to Sanyang, Kotu and Kololi
day) including transportation and meals.
For more information on The
+46 -86 36 68