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Alhaji Bai Konte is an African music master able to fit a traditional instrument and sensibility into a contemporary framework. Konte plays the kora, a 21-stringed harp, with such rhythmic virtuosity and wide-ranging ability that he negates questions of language and adaptability. His 14-cut disc features everything from a 58-second fragment, "Tuning Kora," to a spectacular six-plus-minute triumph, "Cedo." During the disc, he demonstrates the properties, appeal, and charm of the kora, sometimes going through uptempo pieces that accent his speed, other times probing and exploring an ancient number in a manner that showcases his knowledge of and reverence for vintage African music.

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Alhaji Bai is a genius. Only a few people in this world can play the kora like that. The melodies are amazing.


i love this song!! I wnat to have many many babies to this music


Born: 1920 in West Gambia

Genre: World

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Traditional kora player from the Gambia, Konte is an elder of the West African pop generation and the father...
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