Bobo Jobarteh is a Mandinka bard, a virtuoso kora player.
He composes his own music and performs with his own band called
the The Kaira Band was formed in 1988. Fusing hot Senegalese
mbalax drumming with cool Manding kora. Its what could be
called modern Afro-Manding music for dances and parties.
His rising popularity in The Gambia comes as a result of his
adaptations & progression with the musical traditions
of his birth.
Pa Bobo was born into one of The Gambia’s most famous Jali
families, a family whose musical tradition in West Africa
began many generations ago in the eighteenth century. His
Father is Malamini Jobarteh (formerly manager of The Gambia
National Troup, now retired from music), his grandfather was
Kelung Jobarteh and his great grandfather Wandifery Jobarteh,
all masters of the kora.
Pa began to play Kora at 6. His international career started
with a European tour at age 11. In 1988, aged just 13, he
played at WOMAD in the UK to large audiences both in Cornwall
and Reading. He has also performed concert tours in Senegal,
Singapore and Australia. At 22 Pa recorded `Kaira Naata` for
`Real World Records`. Now his rising popularity in The Gambia
is a result of his adaptations & progression with the
musical traditions of his birth.
Kaira Kunda Arts Centre
Pa Bobo Jobarteh
Brikama, Kombo Central
Naata (Real World Records, UK)
(Pa Bobo and The Kaira Band)
Pa’s song, ‘Peace Love and Unity’, featured on a
compilation album produced by Gambian Radio and
Pa Bobo was the featured Kora player on album recorded
with Senegalese rap band, Tim Tim Mol
Pa Bobo Unplugged - acoustic, solo album
New CD from Pa Bobo and The Kaira Band to be released
in early 2006