Gambia Bans Music, Dance During Ramadan

Gambia Bans Music, Dance During Ramadan

By Agency Reports on June 10, 2016
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Yahya Jammeh The Gambia
Gambia's President and leader of the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction party, Yahya Jammeh, holds the Koran during a presidential campaign meeting 20 September 2006 in Serekunda. | AFP SEYLLOU/Getty Images

NAN – Gambian Police on Thursday issued a stern warning against music and dance during the month of Ramadan, which began on June 6, a statement from the Office of the Inspector- General of Police said.

“In honor of the Holy Month of Ramadan, all ceremonies, festivities and programmes that involve drumming, music and dance during the day or at night are prohibited.

“All those engaged in the practice are therefore warned to desist from such acts, otherwise they will be eventually apprehended and face the full force of the law without compromise,” the statement said.

The Public Relation Officer of the Police, Lamin Njie, said the police also advised the public to report any such persons or groups to the police, as stern actions would be taken against any offenders.

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Islam is the predominant religion in the nation and in December 2015, President Yahya Jammeh declared the Gambia as an Islamic republic.

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has declared his Muslim-majority country an Islamic republic, saying the move marks a break with the colonial past.

Mr Jammeh told state TV the proclamation was in line with Gambia’s “religious identity and values”.

He added that no dress code would be imposed and citizens of other faiths would be allowed to practise freely.

Some 90% of Gambians are Muslim. The former British colony’s economy relies heavily on tourism.

Additional reporting by BBC

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