Guinea C was formed in 2004. We play in the hotels and bars in the tourist area in The Gambia. Hotel and Restaurant Bakadaji is our home base. In the garden of this hotel we also rehearse our new songs.
All members of the band were born or raised in Guinea, West Africa. We call our country Guinea Conakry, to distinguish it from its neighbor Guinea Bissau. To honor our homeland we named the band Guinea C. We also painted our instruments in the color of the Guinean flag: red, yellow and green.
After playing in several groups in various West African countries, we all came to The Gambia. This country has a blooming tourist industry and the holiday makers appreciate live music.
On January 1st 2007 we sat together, talking about the future. We decided that making a cd should be our top priority. Setting aside whatever we could miss, we then approached our tourist friends and the manager of hotel Bakadaji. With their help the first cd was recorded by Wole Rendall at the AFG studio in Serrekunda. The cd is called Bakadaji as a tribute to the hotel owner and the manager, who helped us in many ways.
Discussing the making of the cd.
Rehearsal in the garden of Hotel Bakadaji.
Our cameraman Peter gives instructions.
A crowd watches the video being made.
Wherever Guinea C plays, people are happy.
Sekou and Mo in the studio.
The cd is released. The Consul Honoraire de la République de Guinée, mr. Mamadou Alpha Sala Diallo, and his wife Mariama were kind enough to celebrate with us.
See it, hear it, and if you like it, buy it.