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Gambia's Music Vol. 1

Various Artists
Gambia's Music Vol. 1

This album is a selection of field recordings made in Gambia over a one-year period (1971–1972) by Marc Pevar, and it presents music for various occasions from three of the main ethnic groups that live in Gambia: the Mandinka, Jola, and Wolof. Included are examples of the musicianship of the bardic jola or griot caste of the Mandinka people, who are masters on the 21-string harp called the kora. The revered jali (praise singer) and kora player Alhaji Bai Konte, who performed at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1973, is among the musicians featured in this album. The liner notes are written in English, French, and Swedish and include photographs and detailed information on the music.

Track Listing

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101
Kullio, Part I Salung Kuiyate and Jali Kabele Jobate with female vocalist 3:20
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102
Kullio, Part II Finolu 4:32
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103
Yo maruo ka la jula; Son-song soko li so Group of Mandingo women 11:25
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104
Waiting for supper: a small boy sings to himself Bambo Konte 2:00
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105
Tama solo Usman Sene 6:45
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106
Ramadan Bai Konte with group of men 9:05
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107
Heralding the feast day after Ramadan Group of Yalunka 5:33
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108
Sabu Nyima n/a 4:49
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109
Bibi n/a 3:19
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110
Bakari Ba n/a 13:26
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111
Jata Di'Key Kana Kasi n/a 6:56
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112
Ma Sane Sise n/a 6:27
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113
Children Laugh, Talk, Drum on a Tin Can n/a 1:37
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114
Fode Kaba n/a 6:57
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