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Pa Bobo Jobarteh / Kaira Kunda Arts
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Pa 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.

Contact Address Details:
Kaira Kunda Arts Centre
Pa Bobo Jobarteh
Jali Kunda
Brikama, Kombo Central
Western Division
The Gambia
Telephone number:

• 1999:
Kaira Naata (Real World Records, UK)

• 2000:
Duwa (Pa Bobo and The Kaira Band)

Pa’s song, ‘Peace Love and Unity’, featured on a compilation album produced by Gambian Radio and Television

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



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