Solomelo's Music Venue, Bar and Restaurant

My Magazine 2022/05
10 min
Solomelo’s is a place where music is highly valued. You first see this when you notice the sign depicting musical notes and a reversed treble clef. Their bar and restaurant is open year-round, offering a place to eat, hold a business meeting or grab a drink with your friends in the relaxing atmosphere, with free Wi-Fi, an African setting and good music.

Solomelo’s is owned by Michele and Sulay, a singer and songwriter. He wants to bring more music and life to Bakau. That is why they are building a venue where music events will be organised.

Michele has passion and knowledge in the fashion field; hence she will soon be opening a shop where you will find beautiful African-inspired fashion pieces. She is also a CELTA qualified English teacher with lots of experience. She teaches at a local school and gives private lessons.

What we love about the place is it has an airy terrace, with enough shade to hide from the hot midday sun, with tables wisely separated to feel adequately private. The friendly staff will always welcome you with a big smile and try their best to make your time at Solomelo’s pleasant.

Some of our favourite picks from the menu are Butterfish with mashed potatoes and grilled vegetables, Butterfish in lemon sauce, grilled prawns’ skewer and chicken kebab with coconut sauce, all served with chips and salad. Banana split is our choice for dessert.

Each dish is carefully prepared from freshly bought ingredients. You can taste the freshness of the vegetables. All the sauces complement each dish beautifully.

Gambian lunch is available every day, or you can select from a wide range of international dishes. Food enriched with spices and sauces tastes fresh and delicious. Prices are affordable.

The music venue, a big ongoing project tucked away in the back, will soon introduce a huge hall to the public, being able to host a variety of events with musical performances at the forefront.

The music venue will be available to rent for other programs, such as workshops, business conferences, ceremonies and more. The great hall can hold up to 800 people with a side part for smaller events. The venue also has an upstairs and downstairs bar and a VIP area with a nice view of the big stage.

Apart from the inviting ambience of Solomelo’s, which is modern in combination with African prints and details, the place offers good food and weekly evening music entertainment. On Thursday evenings, they have live music. Usually, an acoustic set is followed by a jam, where lots of Gambians and ex-pats come together to make beautiful music. Sulay Sowe, co-owner of the place, always invites talented musicians to join him in performances. Coly Cisse and Sura Susso are just a few well-known musicians who keep the evenings charming and even more enjoyable.

You will be greeted by the colourful lights and a light show with pleasant background music and will probably struggle a bit to find an empty table in the lively place.

When in Bakau, we thoroughly recommend visiting Solomelo’s for coffee, lunch, business meeting, drinks with friends, dinner or an evening with live music. Don’t hesitate!

Open every day from 10 am until the last guest leaves.

Take away and delivery available.

Come, taste their food and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere!

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