Gambian home based artists are threatening to boycott the country’s independence anniversary unless their demands for fair payment for entertainment performance services is met, Freedom Radio Gambia can reveal. The artists felt that the organizing committee tasked to oversee president Adama Barrow’s inauguration on Independence Day are not treating them fairly. Our source cited poor pay as a result of the possible boycott to grace the occasion.
The Gambian artists, said our source, have been offered D10,000 dalasi performance fee each, but they felt that such an amount doesn’t worth their time for such grand national performance. The artists have registered their frustration and dissatisfaction to the organizing committee, said our source.
The Minister of Fisheries James Gomez, sports journalist Musa Ceesay, and Aziz Willan have been tasked to oversee the inauguration of president Barrwo. Sources have it that the organizing committee have been allocated D1.5 million dalasi, while those assigned to operate the backstage have been paid D50,000.00 dalasi.
It has been gathered that close to D30 million dalasi, has been earmarked for the celebrations. The organizing committee could not be reached for comment.