Image from the city of Banjul in Gambia

Banjul - Folkloric Show Onboard

Enjoy traditional dances and music from The Gambia.

Included in your cruise
  • Enjoy a cultural show aboard the ship.
  • Traditional garb and musical instruments
  • Learn the culture and traditions of The Gambia
  • Difficulty level

    Level 1: For everyone*

  • Duration

    1h30

  • Booking Code

    INCL-BLJ1

The Gambia, a small country in size, has a diverse and multicultural society with as many as nine ethnic groups found along the river.

Each of the ethnic groups speaks its own language, has its own cultural and traditional garb and musical instruments. Some of these tribes have their own tribal marks and can be visibly recognized, such as the Fulani people, who have three stripes on their face. Each of the ethnic groups have different ways to conduct marriage or wedding ceremonies and funerals. They use local instruments during ceremonial wedding, naming ceremonies, and social gatherings. These instruments include the kora, a 21-string instrument is made of calabash and animal skin, belonging to the Mandinkas; the riti belongs to the Fulani; the balafong is also made of 21 wood sticks and calabash, normally used by the Jola tribe; and the djembe and drums are common to all ethnic groups.

A special family commonly known as ‘griots’ (oral historians) from each ethnic group plays all these musical instruments. During these events, you don’t just learn the culture and traditions of The Gambia—you feel it.

The cultural show lasts between 1 and 1.5 hours. Here, we observe true West African cultural dance, whose style and experience shows the real character and identity of The Gambia. We will see traditional West African musical instruments found in The Gambia. We will also listen the rhythms of djembes and drums, along with the sounds of the kora and balafon, played by different tribes in The Gambia.

Practical information:

  • Language: English

  • Included: Musicians and dancers

  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes