Jalis

Some of our friends are well known Jalis or Griots in The Gambia and masters of the kora (the 21 string harp/lute of the Mandinka people), balafon (West African xylophone) and drums.

Jali Sherrifo Konte
Jali Sherrifo is from Brikama, home town of many of the great griot families in The Gambia.  Click here to read his biography.

Also check out Jali Sheriffo's MySpace site featuring songs and a video from Whitby MusicPort 2005. You can get is CD's through us too.

Pa Bobo Jobarteh

Pa Bobo, the rising start of Gambian roots music, is a close friend of ours, having come to stay with both Paul and Tony in the UK in recent years.  In 2006, whilst staying with Tony in Sheffield, he recorded a jazz version of Kelefa Ba, a Gambian kora classic, with an upcoming roots fusion band called Rafiki.  Kelefa Jazz is now played daily on Gambia radio and will be available as a podcast download soon.    Pa Bobo sit on grass, holding his kora and flanked by two young women. One is his wife Binta.
 To learn more about this 6'th generation kora jali, visit his website at www.kairakundaarts.org.