Kenya is Golden! Celebrating 50 Years of Independence this Jamhuri Day

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I am proud to be Kenyan. I am inspired by the diversity of our land, my fellow countrypeople and our culture.

Much love goes out to you all today. Let us make the most of what we have been blessed with. There is abundance available for us all, and more when we seek it united.

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Gambia Independence Day with Griot Jally Kebba Susso

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Today, The Gambia celebrates Independence Day. The smallest country on the continent in size but a large melting pot of diverse cultural influences. Gambia was an important site for the transatlantic slave trade and it is believed that as many as 3 million slaves were taken from the region during that period alone. The fictional Kunta Kinte, the progenitor of all the generations in Alex Haley's book, and later TV series, Roots, was from the Gambia.

In celebration of this day, and in true TGIF! fashion, here are some sounds from Jally Kebba Susso who comes from a very long line of Manding griots from The Gambia.

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