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Jali Bakary Konteh



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Jali Bakary Konteh is a kora player and singer from Brikama, Gambia. He comes from a griot family, which includes some of the world’s most renowned kora musicians. His father is Dembo Konteh, who has toured the world with his kora, and his Grandfather is Alhaji Bai Konteh, the first griot to popularize kora music in America with his album „Kora Melodies from the Gambia,“ on Rounder records. Jali Bakary has not only inherited the talents of his bloodline, but has also incorporated his own style and twist into the music, as the tracks here will show. He has played with many of the Gambia’s finest talent, including Tata Dindin, Pa Bobo and Sanku Jobarteh, as well as with his father on National television numerous times. Akwaaba is proud to release Jali’s debut album, Konteh Kunda, produced by Bay area musician Steve Pile.

Past Posts about Jali Bakary Konteh:

  • Jali – Free „Combination“ Remix by Dabö April 29, 2011 Interestingly, just as Steve Pile comes back from Gambia, where he heard the Combination remixes blasting daily on the radio („Almost everyday they’d play 2 tracks after BBC news cast“), we received a very interesting new remix of the song by a certain Dabö, which we obviously can’t add to the existing release, so we ...
  • Jali’s Konteh Kunda studio in Gambia – We need your gear! Februar 16, 2011 Jali on the mic.. A nice update from our good friend Steve Pile, the musician who made Jali’s album come to life. Steve is headed back to Konteh Kunda music school in Brikama, Gambia. He is bringing some gear with him to setup a functional recording studio there. Please read through to get the full scoop ...
  • Chop Our Music – 2 year Anniversary Super Release! Januar 1, 2011 Hard to believe, but it was just over 2 years ago that our first release, Akwaaba wo Africa, came out worldwide. What a journey it’s been since then! 2 dozen releases spanning the gamut from Nigerian highlife to Gambian griot kora, Angolan kuduro to Benin salsa… We’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with artists from ...
  • Combination Remix EP November 5, 2010 Rewiiiiiiind: earlier this year we shared a dozen or so individual studio tracks from the track “Combination”, an interesting combination – pun shamefully intended –  of traditional kora playing with an afrobeat jam session flavor.  Following Jali’s debut album, Konteh Kunda, produced by Bay area musician Steve Pile, we are now proud to release this ...
  • Jali – Combination Remix Contest Winners! August 4, 2010 LONG OVERDUE!!!! We know it, and we are slightly ashamed of it… well not that ashamed really, because good things are well worth waiting for. And we are proud to announce very good things!! At last, the winners of the Jali Bakary Konteh remix contest are in… From Fulda / Würzburg Germany, our friends Hat+Hoodie pieced together ...
  • Hat+Hoodie – Akwaabarama mixtape Juni 21, 2010 Akwaabarama Mix by Hat+Hoodie Our German sucks, but we still love to *read* Hat + Hoodie’s posts – or should we say, look at the odd series of letters and wonder what they are saying. Thankfully, once they get behind the decks the language is universal, and this last mixtape of is sure to move ...
  • Jali remix contest update – 3 more weeks to go! Mai 10, 2010 I’ve managed to get unlimited web on my blackberry here in Ghana, and now a 3G USB modem, and before the modem the occasional cyber café. Well as it turns out, all of this is usually not enough to stream the tracks submitted for the remix… so how can we pick a winner?!?! The good ...
  • Jali Bakary Konteh „Combination“ remix contest März 24, 2010 THE RULES 1. Download the tracks HERE – 17 tracks (!) at 120 bpm, 213mb zip file. 2. Do what you do! Take the tracks and mash them up in any way you can think of.. 3. Upload your remix in our Fairtilizer dropbox and name it Combination (your name Remix) and add “Jali Combination remix contest” in ...
  • Jali going at it again on the kora März 24, 2010
  • Bringing Home The Sound (pressdemocrat.com) März 22, 2010 Jali’s pictured here with Steve Pile, who also took care of Jali’s release party in Northern California. And landed this great piece in the local paper. More about Steve and his music on his website or his myspace page.

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