Four short film by Gambian Spoken Word Poet, Muhammed Dibbasey
MaximillianGroup Produces Groundbreaking Gambian Short Films
Muhammed Dibbasey, a gifted poet and spoken word artist, has released his debut collection of short films, "OBAFA," globally on YouTube. Produced by Cellular Vibrations, one of Gambia's premire digital marketing company founded by Dibbasey and MaximillianGroup, these four short films represent a rare achievement in a country where film production is infrequent.
"a mind-blowing reflection of a dream of opportunity"
"an exciting reflection of the past of a young man navigating the present"- Lift-Off Film Festival
The films have been accepted to the Lift-Off Sessions Film Festival in Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom as well as the First Time Filmaker Sessions hosted by Lift-Off Global Network at Pinewood Studios, United Kingdom. Additionally all shot films have recieved credits on IMDB.
"OBAFA" is a brilliant reflection of Dibbasey's journey and the struggles he has faced. His works have received acclaim from artists and audiences alike"
Max Barrett, Film Editor, "OBAFA"
Film Festivals and Honors
"Attitude" has been nominated for Best Super Short Film at the Student World Impact Film Festival and recieved recognition as a Quarter-Finalist
"Attitude" was also accepted to the 60 Second International Film Festival (60SIFF) in Lahor, Pakistan
"They Say" was screened at the See Us On Film: The Atlanta Black Pride LGBTQ International Film Festival...
Additionally all shot films have recieved credits on IMDB.
The short films are now available on YouTube, and digital audio recordings are streaming on AfrobeatsWest, Audiomack, and Bandcamp.
ABOUT OBAFA ONEMA
OBAFA a Collection of Spoken Word by New West African Poet, Muhammed Dibbasey Out on YouTube
Through his spoken word poetry, Dibbasey depicts a young man's struggles with failure, opportunity, and success in Gambia. His four poems, titled Sleepless Nights, They Say, Attitude, and I Like Words, express hope, frustration, of a young adult seeking to find opportunity, understand of the world, and to some extent the impacts of Gambia's history of the slave trade and colonialism. Sleepless Nights has already garnered recognition on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) for Dibbasey's work in writing and executive producing the four short films, of which the video was produced and edited by MaximillianGroup.
Dibbasey's story is one of perseverance and self-made success. Growing up in Busumbala, one of Gambia's poorest neighborhoods, Dibbasey became the family's eldest male after his father died fighting in the war when he was only 15 years old. He abandoned his dream of becoming a doctor to support his mother and eight siblings, most of whom were orphans whose parents were killed in the same war as Dibbasey's father. Despite these challenges, he never lost hope and eventually started a record label and talent management agency, Cellular Vibrations, representing some of the top hip-hop, afrobeat, and afropop performers in the Gambia. Partnering with MaximillianGroup, the talent management business unit is being spun off into a new business and record label called Afrobeats Africa.
"OBAFA" is a brilliant reflection of Dibbasey's journey and the struggles he has faced. His works have received acclaim from artists and audiences alike, with some describing it as "a mind-blowing reflection of a dream of opportunity," and "an exciting reflection of the past of a young man navigating the present", says Max Barrett, Editor of OBAFA.
Muhammed Dibbasey is a dynamic and ambitious 24-year-old entrepreneur who is highly regarded within the community of Busumbala. He is passionate about the arts and has made it his mission to unite the youth in his community and beyond, igniting their passion for music and creating a platform for them to showcase their talents.
As the Executive Producer of Grab Di Mic, Muhammed has been instrumental in transforming the music scene in Gambia. Under his leadership, the event has grown from a small concert for 500 people to Gambia's fastest-growing performance event, attracting over 2000 attendees and featuring the country's top hip-hop and pop artists.
Muhammed, with the involvement of MaximillianGroup, is currently working to transform Cellular Vibrations from a music promotion company to a digital marketing agency. It will be one of few Agencies in The Gambia, let alone West Africa, that at it's core is a focus on Marketing and will provide Social Media Marketing, Web Development as well as marketing for musicians, artists and poets.