Gambia’s Youngest Spoke Word Poet Release Four Short Films, Gambia’s Second Film Release in 2022
10/04/2022

Spoken word poetry of a 24 year old Gambian poet, Muhammed Dibbasey, performed in four short films and debuted in Gambia are now available on YouTube

Online PR News – 04-October-2022 – Busumbala, The Gambia – The four spoken word poems were combined into one digital recording called OBAFA, which was then adapted into four short films produced by Muhammed Dibbasey and Cellular Vibrations. The poems Sleepless Nights, They Say, Attitude, and I Like Words are the spoken words by 24 year old Muhammed Dibbasey. Their digital recordings are now streaming on AfrobeatsWest, Audiomack, and Bandcamp and are available for purchase. Cellular Vibrations and MaximillianGroup executive produced the Short films which are now released on YouTube. Sleepless Nights earned Muhammed credits on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) for writing and production of the Short Films. Several of the short films are believed to be screened at the Indengious Peoples Film Festival in Hollywood, California in 2023.

Sleepless Nights - https://youtu.be/229ciT8mKJo
Attitude - https://youtu.be/aOto9Q3g97U
I Like Words - https://youtu.be/X-Mcdb-_kdQ
They Say - https://youtu.be/lR-YvKhetIw

Audiences Exclaim,

“OBAFA is a brilliant reflection of the dream of opportunity.”

“ A exciting reflection of the past of a young man navigating the present”

“Mind blowing. African struggle versus a bright young man”

“OMG whats next?”

“Youth in its bold hope for new action and purpose”

A Young Man's Struggle and Dreams

Muhammed Dibbasey delivers his poems under the name Obafa Onema, offering the audience a sincere understanding of the young Gambian's pain and love for the country. His internal struggle between the exhilaration of globalization and the customs of his elders.

The spoken word poems discuss the struggles faced by young males in Gambian culture. He contrasts traditional viewpoints with the notion of opportunity held by younger generations. He conveys the dissatisfaction with the rich and politicians who are cut off from Gambia's suffering poor youth. Lives are in stark contrast to the lives of the wealthy and powerful. The rich are given varied opportunities, but why is that? What makes attitude so crucial? His work frequently explores how our beliefs conflict actions. He talks about how tough it is to get an education and how important it is for him to support himself; this is a plea for the young people of the Gambia to seize opportunities, fight for equality, and break with tradition. In contrast his poems speak of a deep love for the spirit of Gambia and its people.

Young adults in the Gambia experience high rates of unemployment. The labor force participation rate is slightly under 40% in 2021, while the unemployment rate is at little over 15%. A labor force dominated by unskilled labor is partly the result of a 50% literacy rate and the reality that many professions are seasonal or need-based. Young people seeking employment must contend with others for these jobs. Young people must work in low-paying occupations in order to live. This issue particularly affects young guys. A typical young person makes roughly $10 per day, yet they spend over two weeks' wages on internet and cell phone service. Their only connection to the outside world is the internet, which many Gambians also use as a source of education.
About Muhammed Dibbasey

Muhammad grew up one of the Gambia's poorest neighborhoods. He became the family's oldest male after his father unexpectedly went away while he was only 15 years old. He stopped attending school and abandoned his goal of becoming a doctor in order to support his mother and his eight siblings. His mother adopted the majority of his siblings, who were the orphans of family friends slain in the same war as Muhammad's father. Every morning before going to school, he went out and bought and sold firewood, but it wasn't enough to support his family. He worked construction as day labor, eating little food each day and having a thin build. Muhammad was always upbeat, curious, and driven to bring about good change in his life and in his community despite the challenging circumstances.

Everything he could lay his hands on, he read. He never gave up.Despite the fact that he and his friends were fighting for opportunities, he never gave up optimism that things would get better.

Today Muhammad, a 24-year-old executive producer, is responsible for the fastest-growing performance event in the Gambia, Grab Di Mic. Some of the greatest hip-hop, afrobeat, and afropop singers in the Gambia are represented by his record label and talent management company, Cellular Vibrations. He is also about to launch West Africa's first social, streaming music website devoted to West African music.

Media Contact:
Max Barrett
Cellular Vibrations USA / MaximillianGroup
815 E Street, Suite 12083, San Diego, CA 92112, USA
619-800-3110 | maximilliangroup@gmail.com | http://www.CellularVibrations.com

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