We know him for his environmental efforts in Gunjur. But not so long ago, we discovered, he is also a very talented artist with a big passion for abstract painting. Before the covid era began, he had some of his paintings exhibited in one of the shops in Cape Point craft market, yet now he has his own artistic piece of heaven in his home in Gunjur, where it serves as an art gallery, showcasing his arts masterpieces.
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A visionary and revolutionary singer in the Gambia, Idealistic, is one of the most consistent artists who still keeps on doing what he started with, despite the challenges in his career path. Idealistic’s real name is Modou Lamin Jeng. He took up the name Idealistic when he began his music career in 2007. He is a reggae artist from Brikama, where he was born and brought up. Idealistic was born to a family of musicians. His brothers became his source of inspiration to make music.
‘Through the eyes of Mam Jarra’ tells you more about living and working in The Gambia as a 24-years old Dutch girl. What do I experience, what is living in The Gambia like, The culture difference, funny inside facts and more.’
I have been to The Gambia 5 times so far. After I first set foot on African soil in December 2015, I felt in love with this nice little country and it soon became literally my second home. I went back there every six months, but life is unpredictable (and it’s good that it is), and it interrupted my beloved Gambia’s visits for two years.