Essentials A company with a large website located in the Netherlands
offering Djembe drums, lots of useful background information, courses,
downloads, products and links.
Mbye A griot and Kora player from a 'jali'
family going back generations. You can listen to
samples of his music on the website.
Sounds Music of the 'Jalis' or 'Griots' by
Jali Sherrifo Konteh including, biographies, a
music school, tours, albums and accommodation in
Connection The leading resource for the Kora
and Manding Music since 1996. Features online
music samples, artist profiles, history of the
Mandinka people and of course the Mandinka
Dance Hall Masters An award winning rap group trio of
singers namely: Daddy Sam (Mam Balla Joof), Brother
Coms (Lamin Fatty) and Mr. P.
Jatta A Jola musician/scholar from
Mandinary, living in Sweden, he pioneered the
folkloric and organological study and documentation
of his people's principal folk instrument, the
akonting (spelled ekonting in French
transliteration). It's a plucked lute.
Djobuga Djobuga organises West African
dancing and djembe workshops in schools and at
companies in the Netherlands and Gambia.
Kora / Ngoni
Musa Suso Foday Musa Suso is
an internationally recognized Kora player and a Griot
of the Mandingo tribe.
Gambian Griot School of Music
Learn to play the Kora, Balaphone & djembe drums as
well as West African dance. Locate in Fajikunda, a quiet
part of Serrekunda.
A Gambian solo artist who performs with an Afro-Afric style
of music whose new album is called "Soma Alfaa".
See him perform on
video on Youtube.
Jalikebba Kuyateh He is the head of the Jalikebba
Kuyateh & Group, an ensemble, which fuses traditional and
modern African music.
Marong Traditional Gambian musical dance
and workshops of Ebrima Marong located in
Australia and Gambia.
Kora Jaliya A comprehensive portal of
information and links about the art of West African
instrument from Harald Loquenz
On Dembo Jobarteh's CDs you'll find songs dating back to
the time of the great Mali empire. The site includes free
The music school is in the nearby Gambian village of Nema
Kunku. The resident master musician is Alagi M'Bye.
His performances feature 800 years of Manding (Mali Empire)
cultural arts being the Kora, Bambara balafons, ngoni, djembe
drum ensemble, flutes, dance, masquerade, acrobatics and
Mande songs of celebration and oral traditions.
A half-Gambian reggae star living in Denmark with a new-age
Dutch based band combining African percussion players and
Dutch horn players.
The latest Mbalax sensation playing on the radio station
airwaves. His album, titled 'Niniyo', is a blend of mainstream
'Dndakaru' made Ndaga & acoustic, which features the
creative fingers of Papis Konateh, Wole Rendall, Kebba Taylor
Reason Yard is a contemporary, multi purpose youth movement
with an aim of modernizing and distinguishing the Gambian
music scene. Among the its featured artists are David J,
Youter, Man Cure, Rising Flame, D Sheikh, Rap Money, Rex
Culture, Bigger Yanks, Cool G, Africana and others.
A UK based Jola band formed in 2007 with Musa Mboob on vocals,
African percussion & Ousman Beyai on guitar, vocals
and composition. In 2009 they will be touring around Europe
& West Africa.
Though Youssou N'Dour is not Gambian and is now an international
superstar he loves to perform in Gambia as he says that
the Senegalese & Gambians are in deed one and the same.