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This live studio recording features renowned Amadu Bansang Jobarteh, oral historian and hereditary praise singer from Gambia, West Africa. One of the most respected old style kora players in the world, this is Jobarteh's first recording on an American label and includes eight traditional West African melodies most often associated with the kora. A large, hollowed gourd covered with cowhide and twenty-one strings attached, the kora harp is the most well known of African string instruments. Jobarteh's occasional vocal accompaniment, combined with the extensive liner notes, adds a distinctive authenticity to this captivating new release.


Genre: World

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

The musical traditions and historical recollections of West Africa are expressed through the music of kora player and vocalist Amadu Bansang Jobarteh. Although not as well known as younger musicians in his family -- Toumani Diabate and Sidiki Diabate -- Jobarteh continues to expand on the musical traditions of his homeland. According to Rootsworld, Jobarteh's "music is at once ancient and new, praising the heroes and benefactors of his home and family, telling the history of his people, and doing...
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Tabara -- Gambian Kora Music, Amadu Bansang Jobarteh
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  • 8,99 €
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: 1993

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