Almamy Fanding Taal, a member of the Writers Association of The Gambia (WAG) was recently unanimously elected as president of the Collecting Society of The Gambia (CSG) at the board congress held in Kololi.
The election came shortly after the nomination of six representatives by the executive members of different artistes associations into CSG. The artistes associations in The Gambia included; The Gambia Music Union (MUSI-GAM), Gambia Association of Music Producers and Promoters (GAMPP), Film Producers Association of The Gambia (FPAG), Gambia Union of Theatre (GAMUT), Writers Association of The Gambia (WAG), and Book Publishers Association of The Gambia (BPAG).
The Board’s Congress was organised by the National Center for Arts and Culture and supported by partners, while the election was presided over by officials from IEC.
The Gambia Copyright Act 2004 provides for a corporate institution called the Collecting Society of The Gambia (CSG), which is mandated in the Act to collect and distribute royalties from users of music, books and films such as radio stations, universities and hotels for artistes.
In 2013, the CSG held its first congress and elected officials who steered the affairs of the Collecting Society for a three-year period.
The congress was characterised by presentations on legal context of the Collecting Society of The Gambia by Hassoum Ceesay, Director of Copyright among other presentations.
In his acceptance speech, Almamy F. Taal thanked members for unanimously given him their support by voting him as the President of the Collecting Society of The Gambia.
Tall promised members of his unwavering support to move The Gambia’s cultural industry to a level desired by all.
by Yunus S Saliu