Traditional Kankurangs, in motion, The Gambia, West Africa

 Kankurangs of The Gambia – we happened upon this scene, whilst visiting old friends in Kembujeh, on our way back from Kanilai. We’ve been photographing these traditional masquerades for a number of years now, so it’s always great to happen across another version of the Kankurang; in the creative way that the boys use different kinds of materialsContinue reading “Traditional Kankurangs, in motion, The Gambia, West Africa”

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Boys Hanging out at King Kai’s Barber Shop, Kartong, The Gambia, West Africa

  We first met ‘King Kai’ – a young local entrepreneur from the village of Kartong (also known as Kartung), which borders Senegal, in southwestern Gambia – a few years ago, when he had recently opened his small barbershop/hairdresser, which also served the community with cold drinks and expertly hand-crafted (by King Kai, himself) models ofContinue reading “Boys Hanging out at King Kai’s Barber Shop, Kartong, The Gambia, West Africa”

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Photo shoot location – Watch out for the crocodiles! The Gambia, West Africa

  Kachikally Sacred Crocodile Pool is certainly an interesting place to shoot – you just need to watch your step, constantly. Thanks to Musa, our fixer (a person who is hired as a guide, due to their local knowledge of any given area, to help facilitate assignments) and caretaker of the pool, Jason and IContinue reading “Photo shoot location – Watch out for the crocodiles! The Gambia, West Africa”

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Instagram: Kankurang – traditional masquerade, The Gambia, West Africa

    Walking along the beach, near Brufut, on Sunday, Jason and I happened across a Mandinka initiation ‘Coming of Age‘ ceremony – a traditional rite of passage. Three young boys had been brought to the beach, to be ceremonially washed by older boys, former initiates, as part of the final stages of their circumcisionContinue reading “Instagram: Kankurang – traditional masquerade, The Gambia, West Africa”

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