photo Tata Jobarteh with his kora

Tata Dindin Jobarteh, Kora Musician

Ebraima "Tata Dindin" Jobarteh the oldest son of kora jeli (musician) Malamini Jobarteh, was born in Brikama, the Gambia in 1965. Tata started when he was 6 years old under the guidance of his father. With Alhaji Bai Konte and his two sons Dembo and Bakaba living next store, Tata grew up in a rich setting. Here he learned the traditional Manding history and music as well as the skills needed to build his own kora. Tata continued to study with Alhaji Bai Konte until his untimely death. Apart from learning the older traditional repertoire, Tata was also interested in the modern Yenyengo school of kora music and continued his studies with Jaliba Kouyate, an innovator of this popular musical style.

Where as the older jeli such as Amadu Bansang Jobarteh concentrate entirely on upholding the traditional repertoire and singing songs of history and praise, the young musicians of the Yenyengo school play contemporary pieces with new arrangements based off the old classic compositions.

In The Gambia, Tata is known for his electric band "Salam." A 8 piece troup which not only includes a 23 string amplified kora, but also incorporates bass guitar, electric guitar, western style drum set, along side the traditional Mandinka drums and balaphone. This is party music, intended for dancing and celebration! Be sure to check out his younger brother Pa Bobo's new compact disc to hear some of this modern style kora.

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