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Musicians around the world

David Gilden started Cora Connection as a band which later turned into this web site. He has traveled extensively throughout West Africa and has made several recordings.
Banning Eyre music journalist and guitar player, studied guitar in West Africa and Zimbabwe. His book "In Griot Time" talks about his many adventures in Bamako, Mali.
Mamadou Diabate master Malian kora musician.
Toumani Diabate son of Sidiki Diabate, the great Malian kora djeli.
Mory Kanté Guinea kora musician, based in Paris.
Djeli Moussa Diawara "Korafola" from Kankan, Guinea
Djeli Moussa Diawara MySpace page
Prince Diabate Guinea kora musician.
Zoumana Diarra Malian guitarist based Holland, he also plays ngoni and kora.
Balla Kouyate plays the balophone, originally from Guinee he is now based in Boston.
Cheick Hamala Diabate Malian musician who plays the ngoni, we met in Bamako back in the 90s!
Cheick Tidiane Seck is a Malian keyboard player, arranger and composer
Bassekou Kouyate ngoni musican from Segou, Mali.
Seckou Keita kora musician from Ziguinchor.
Kinobe Herbert multi-instrumentalist, vocalist from Uganda, who plays kora.
Harald Loquenz This Austrian musician plays kora with the ensemble, Kakilambe. His kora web site features text in German & English.
Kane Mathis plays the oud and the kora. He has traveled to The Gambia several times to study kora with the Jobarteh family.
Dembo Jobarteh Gambian kora dejli, nephew of Amadu Bansang Jobarteh, and a relative of Malamini Jobarteh.
Pa Bobo Jobarteh's Kaira Kunda Arts is the virtual home of this Gambian kora dejli (Tata Jobarteh's younger brother)
Fula Flute a New York City based ensemble that features the "tambin" (Fulani flute).
Nathalie Dussault Montreal kora musician who has studied the kora almost as long as I have. She is one of the first woman kora players to be taken seriously.
Tony Vacca & World Rhythms "Get with the rhythms of diversity." If you have a chance to see Tony perform with his group (featuring tama player, Massamba Diop), don't miss it!

African Music web sites

Afropop Worldwide explores the African diapora, highlights include streaming audio, searchable database and more.
African Music Encyclopedia features bios, discographies, photos,images and a glosssary.
Cosaan This excellent site focused on West African music.
Kora page from Ph.D. Joseph Hill's Cosaan site (different server).
Gambian Griot School of Music and Dance.
professor Eric Charry African music page
 New Link Mande Bala dedicated to the balophone
Maailman musiikin keskus (Global Music Centre)
Ancient Future West African Polyrhythms
African Hip Hop Urban music has a strong foothold in Africa

West African Internet Radio stations

Africa N°1, Gabon
Radio Liberte, Bamako, Mali
 New Link Radio Kankan, Guinea Conakry

Internet Radio stations that feature African & world music

 New Link One Gambia features lots of 'local' culture, a special thanks for making it available!
Mostly Manding : Tuesday afternoon @ 2:00pm EST
Spin The Globe : Friday morning @ 10am-noon PST

West African Photos

Impressions de la Casamance, Senegal
DJELIYA - griots et musiciens du Mali

West African Background Information

The Gambia
 New Link Access Gambia very cool web portal!
Senegal (This document is hosted in Australia)
Senegal Via Gopher
Dakar Trade Point
Senegal country profile from the BBC World Service
Gambia country profile from the BBC World Service
Mali country profile from the BBC World Service
Guinea country profile from the BBC World Service
Guinea Bissau country profile from the BBC World Service

Maps of West Africa

The Gambia
Maps of Africa
Partial Map Gambia (Big 1006x1206 pixels)
African Studies WWW (U. Penn)

Other African Web Sites

Alchemy of Africa
University of Pennsylvania, African Studies

Weather around the World

WeatherNet: Tropical Weather

African Travel Information

Travel Warnings & Consular Information Sheets (US Gov.)
Health Information for Travelers to West Africa (CDC U.S. gov.)
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