Welcome to our Mandinka kora music, passed from father to son for untold generations! We make our own koras, 21-stringed harps, from a calabash, leather, wood and fishing strings. Jali Bakary Konteh and I are cousin-brothers, born into a hereditary lineage of oral history musicians. Some songs are about people and events century’s back, with morals, proverbs and stories told with the rhythm of rap.
In 1973, Grandfather Alhaji Bai Konte, brought the kora to North American audiences. Our fathers joined him to tour the world after 1980. Pete Seeger and Taj Mahal feel that blues, jazz, gospel came from African slaves.
We asked the man who helped our ancestors to bring our music to you, and here we are!! Thanks for sampling our catchy duets, with twists and turns you will discover as you listen again and again. You can live and learn in our Gambian music schools plus earn credit in Gambia University classrooms of Mandinka history and culture.
For free, you can follow our flying fingers on our video! We are professional musicians, depending your patronage for support so our children can continue these traditions. After you rent our full video, we invite you to become a Patreon patron and get special access to live streaming, archives, CD tracks and more.
I am Pa Bobo Jobarteh, son of Malamini Jobarteh, and this is my cousin brother, Jali Bakary Konteh, son of Dembo Konteh. They toured the world for decades as the Great Gambian Griots. Now we continue the family brand. With your patronage, so will our children.
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