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GAMBIA

A favourite holiday destination but not too well known musically except for one or two rather good kora players. Their best known band is probably Ifang Bondi who have quite a few titles out on CD.

This page was last updated on 24/6/16.



ARTISTTITLENUMBERFMTPRICEBUY
ABDEL KABIRR AND THE GUMBAY DANCE BAND REVIVAL RCPCD001 CD 11.99 COL
Sounds lovely as it mixes blues and soul into the local Wollof and Mandigo rhythms [13T/62M]
ALHAJI BAI KONTE ALHAJI BAI KONTE ROUCD5001 CD £ 13.80
DEMBO KONTE JAIL ROLL ORCHESTRA WEBE9038 CD £ 8.30
Re-isued wth an extra track not on the original. Dembo and Kausu Kuyateh with the 3 Mustaphas 3, John Kirkpatrick, Ian Anderson and Abdul Tee-Jay. A cracker of an album.
DEMBO KONTE AND KAUSU KUYATEH JALI ROLL ORCHESTRA FMSC3020 TC £ 5.00
DEMBO KONTE AND KAUSU KUYATEH SIMBOMBA FMSL2011 LP 7.00 COL
DJAMIL THIAM DEGUE DJE DEGUE TC 6.50 COL
One of the few recordings available of real Wolof Mbalax, just drums and vocals. Just as one can hear at traditional weddings and naming ceremonies in Senegal and Gambia where Djamil lives although Senegalese born. This is his first and hugely popular cassette and is guaranteed to get any party out there really going.
DJAMIL THIAM SUPER TEY MOU NEEKH VOL II TC 6.50 COL
Djamil's second album is a must for those who love the sound of West African drums as all seven members of the group play either tama, thiol, toungoune or thioum. He and his group are totally traditional and for that reason are very popular at weddings christenings etc. The vocals are a bit sparse on side A but the rest of the group join in on side B and get the music moving along very nicely. ( F.T. Index: Diarra, Xam Xamale)
FODAY MUSA SUSO AND MANDINGO WATTO SITTA CPCD8153 CD 11.95 COL
The beautiful sound of the kora with a modern backing of guitars and various percussion instruments is sparklingly refreshing. It was originally recorded back in 1984 and the LP has been a favourite in my collection for years. Exactly the same tracks as the LP and a delight to listen to. 1. HARIMA
2. MUSO
3. NATURAL DANCER
4. KANSALA
5. DEWGAL
6. DON'T WORRY
FODAY MUSA SUSO AND MANDINGO WATTO SITTA CELL6103 LP £ 7.00
IFANG BONDI DARAJA MWCD3009 CD £ 12.00
Smashing album from Gambia's most famous and long lasting group. The gorgeous guitar playing of Ousman Beyal coupled with Cheikh Samba's super vocals is mesmerising. Having said that, just wait till you hear what they can do with the more traditional instruments such as kora, flute, balafon and of course the various drums. Absolutely superb and not to be missed. (F.T.Index: Irene, Bugarabu, Kange Kalis, Cheddo, Silaba. ) [16T/68M]
IFANG BONDI GIS GIS (VISION) MWCD3019 CD £ 12.00
Gambian super-group and originators of the Afro-Manding Sound. Complex and brilliant arrangements under- pinned by the deep resonant bass-playing of leader Badou Jobe and an explosive Wolof rhythm section. lfang Bondi are the unsung heroes of modem African roots music constantly innovative yet mindful of tradition and always delivering an electrifying live sound. New member Judeh Camara brings the eerie sounds of the Fulani riti (2 String violin) vividly into play alongside rippling Kora, piano and electric guitar. whilst singer El Hadj Samb's soaring vocal style is truly inspirational. ( F.T.Index: Kibaru, Yolele, Nyu Baax. ) [12T/71M]
IFANG BONDI MANTRA LPH2366 LP 10.00 COL
IFANG BONDI SANJO D&K860017 CD 13.20 COL
JALI SHERRIFO KONTEH MANSALOU CS01 CD £ 12.00
These are the first recordings of a wonderful young singer and musician who is clearly destined for a great future as a leading exponent of West African traditional music. The son of Alhaji Bai Konte and the brother of Dembo Konte, Sherrifo learned from both and has become an outstanding musician in his own right. The kora has been described as Africa's greatest musical instrument. The earliest references to it date back to the eighteenth century though it may be older. It is unique to the Manding people of West Africa. In recent years the instrument has become more widely known through the playing of some remarkable virtuosos, nearly all of whom come from the 'jali' or 'griot' families. These are the hereditary orators, musicians and singers who have played such a vital role in their societies over the centuries, recording orally the history and genealogy of their people, noting customs, laws, archives and composing songs honouring famous figures. They were able to promote a realisation and awareness of a rich historical heritage that can be traced back to the great Manding king Sunjata Keita who ruled over the huge Empire of Mali in the 13th century. Sherrifo comes from one the most famous of the jali families from a town that is the home of many griot families. All his life he has been steeped in this rich tradition. He has a highly developed and inventive technique playing the kora which scintillates and sparkles and compliments his commanding singing. Some of his songs reflect the long tradition that he is a continuing part of; others comment on contemporary social mores. He performs them all with a passion and commitment that make them truly engaging listening. Track: Africa
JALIBA KUYATEH DAJIKO (HERAMO) GRS TC 6.50 COL
Jalibah's new release which see's him and his kora storming through some wonderful tracks. The notes cascading from his fingers are combined beautifully with the various drums, guitars and balafon of the other players. The music retains its traditional roots even when Jalibah's powerful vocals takes on a new style with the Remix version of Salifu K. Jaiteh and the Bhangra/Rap sound of Dajiko. Very different and very very nice as well. ( F.T. Index: Mama Jobe, Salifu K. Jaiteh, Ajeh, Tere Kafo, Dajiko )
JALIBA KUYATEH AND THE KUMAREHS OF 1995 HERA BANGKU HERA TC 7.00 COL
Another lovely bit of kora music but this time its more western orientated singing and style is just lovely.
JALIBA KUYATEH AND THE KUMAREHS OF 1995 TISSOLI TISSOLI TC £ 10.00
Lovely bit of kora music, singing not bad, almost an orchestra. 1. TISSOLI
2. MAGGET NJIE
3. FATOU JAITEH
4. BAATO
5. NGANIYA KILLING
6. TERETO
7. FAMILY
8. KUTEH JONGBULU
LALO KEBA DRAME HOMMAGE VOLUME I DK3 TC 10.00 COL
Prolific Gambian composer who died in 1974 and whose songs are still played daily on Radio Gambia. His dizzily fast technique remains a model of the Gambian style for young musicians. Pirated tapes circulate endlessly - QUOTED FROM THE ROUGH GUIDE TO WORLD MUSIC. Although Lalo died twenty years ago and the original master tapes have probably long since gone, the recording quality on Volume I is not bad at all. Accompanying Lalo on some of the 9 tracks is the shrill voiced songstress Koura-Mbessane. 1. FIFY DRAME
2. DIALILA-YAMADIA
3. KEOLOUMANKAGNANT
4. GNANSSOUMANA
5. BAMBALEDIE
6. NTERY GNANA
7. KOURA-MBESSNE
8. BALANCOULALATY
9. NDIAY KOUNDA
10. KANOKOLE GNONENE
LALO KEBA DRAME HOMMAGE VOLUME II DK4 TC 10.00 COL
Volume II is a wee bit tinny in places but has still got some great tracks on it though. Both the inlay and the cassette say 10 tracks but if you can find more than 9 I will be very suprised. Again accompanying Lalo on some of the tracks is Koura-Mbessane. 1. MAROLOUDIAMBEDILE
2. KOURA-MBESSANE
3. SAMANKADEMBA
4. SABOUMA
5. ABOUDOUNDIAYE
6. ALATERIO DIALOLOUTERO
7. FODEKABA
8. BAKARY DEMBO
9. ALBARO DIONTOBAYLA
MASS LOW NICE BOY MASSBOY TC 6.00 COL
A gorgeous album from Gambian based Wolof artist Mass and his band. Most albums would list the singer first on the credits but here he comes at the end. Why? Well you only have to listen to the softly played guitars of Hadim Cham, Chiekh Jeng and Pape Oumar Ghom as they run through the beautiful mbalax based tracks. Its definitely music first and vocals second. Not, and I emphasise NOT, that Mass isn't a good singer, he's a great singer, but the music is the prime mover on this lovely album. (F.T.Index: Banjul, My Sister, Nice Boy, The Way, Takandere, Tesito.) [6T/32M]
SUPER EAGLES SENEGAMBIAN SENSATION RETRO17CD CD 11.99 COL
TATA AND SALAM 95 WAATO KEREWAN TC 7.50 COL
TATA AND THE SALAM BAND XALATU AFRICA XALATU TC 6.50 COL
The first time in the studio for magic vocalist and cora player Ebrima 'Tata' Jobarteh and his Salam Band. Lots of Jobarteh's in the band, Malain provides the piercing echo style backing, Baye and Daouda set a cracking pace on drums and percussion while Amadou and his trumpet add the flourishes. Aziz Kouyateh and Bambo Konteh play some refined guitar while Karamou Kouyate adds the final polish with his balafon. The music floats along on a throbbing sea of sound with the cora leading and Tata's penetrating vocals bewitching the listener at every turn.( F.T. Index: La La, Gambia Dingolu, Banko Wulo, Chedo, Boro Suso.)
TATA DINDIN AND SALAM BAND ALI WULI WAKILO-LA 96 VOLUME3 TC £ 10.00
The third album from this brilliant young cora player, 'The King of Yenyengo', is again recorded at Studio 2000 in Dakar. Backed by his own band, which is composed mainly of his brothers and other family members, he continues to develop his musical mastery over a wide range of styles, from the Malian influenced 'Alfusainey Gassama' to the Afro-Manding dance music of 'Gambia Dikendolu'. The cora is the lead instrument and Tata's solo style is extremely impressive and in fact leaves the older Paris based cora players like Mory Kante very much in the shade. Absolute magic all the way through. (F.T.Index: Kutubo Dibba, Ali Wuli Wakilo-La, Ousman Ceesay, Gambia Dikendolu.) [8T/44M] 1. GAMBIA DIKENDOLU
2. OUSMAN CEESAY
3. ALI WULI WAKILO - LA
4. LANG SUMAREH
5. GAMBIA TV
6. KUTUBO DIBBA
7. NUHA HYDARA
8. ALFUSAINEY GASSAMA




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