(Jollofnews)- I read many comments as per the audio some saying that the song said let Yahya Jammeh, Halifa Sallah and Mama Kandeh be killed.
Being a Mandinka Mbaring D’dingo [nephew] and after listening to the song one billion times, I notice that there was a misinterpretation (encoding). Though communication is the art of sending information from one person to another in which both parties receive the same understanding as intended by the sender.
In summary the song read as “Turo mba fala woo, Turu jawoh” Turo in Mandinka means offspring. Therefore what the song mean is to kill and eliminate the ideology of the political parties such as APRC, PDOIS and GDC.
I’ll advised the artists, musicians, griots and kanyelengs to restrain from singing songs that might be interpreted differently. Despite of our difference of political ideologies after all we are one big family and all we want to see is a better Gambia.
The last time I checked one of the largest penalties of hate speech is the effect that it can have on a victim’s mental health. Many of those who are victims of hate speech may self-harm, or become suicidal, their confidence and self-esteem may be affected too, as well as many more consequences beyond any human imagination.
The soothing power of music is well-established. It has a unique link to our emotions, so can be an extremely effective stress management tool.
Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, especially slow, quiet classical music. This type of music can have a beneficial effect on our physiological functions, slowing the pulse and heart rate, lowering blood pressure, and decreasing the levels of stress hormones.
There is a LIGHT in this world. A healing spirit more powerful than any darkness we may encounter. We sometime lose sight of this force when there is suffering, and too much pain. Then suddenly, the spirit will emerge through the lives of ordinary people who hear a call and answer in extraordinary ways.
Certain music is appropriate for reflection as it can help the mind slow down and initiate the easing reaction. However, not all muse are peaceful or “New Age” music works for everyone. Music with no structure can be irritating or even lead to violence. Gentle music with a familiar melody more often is comforting. Therefore our Gambian musician should try and come up with tunes that will unite us rather than dividing us beyond Jupiter.
Musicians have to play a significant role in ensuring peace and stability in our dear mother land on the reconciliation processes.
In conclusion it is good to listen to understand rather than to listen to respond to a comment. Peace is very important it is only in the environment of peace we can make The Gambia great once more again.
By: Saidina Alieu Jarjou