Etikettarkiv: kora

Lamine Cissokho kan bli årets artist

Lamine Cissokho är en rutinerad koraspelare från Casamance i södra Senegal. Han har bott i Sverige i många år och har nu, i samband med att hans andra skiva getts ut, blivit nominerad till Årets artist på Folk- & Världsmusikgalan som går av stapeln i Västerås i slutet av denna månad.

Grattis Lamine Cissokho till nomineringen som Årets artist! Hur känns detta?

Lamine Cissokho - Foto: Kiqi D Minteh/Afropé.se
Lamine Cissokho – Foto: Kiqi D Minteh/Afropé.se

– Det känns härligt, verkligen. Jag är glad att få chansen till denna utmärkelse från svenska folket och världsmusikbranschen. Jag har nu bott nästan 15 år här i Sverige och jag bär med stolthet både min senegalesiska och den svenska flaggan när jag spelar här i Sverige eller utomlands. Jag känner mig som en del av den svenska musikscenen nu och nomineringen ger mig en skön bekräftelse i detta. Jag hoppas att jag kan få ge den svenska publiken ännu mer i framtiden!

Din skiva Sama Tilo, som betyder ”mot källan” på svenska, släpptes förra året, efter en fin releasekonsert på Stallet i Stockholm.

Hur skulle du beskriva denna skiva?

– Denna skiva har mognat i mina tankar under några år tills jag fick möjlighet att göra den. Av elva låtar är tio mina egna kompositioner och arrangemang. På skivan har jag samlat många musiker vars musik passar fint med min. Min kora möter klarinett, oud, fiol, kontrabas, saxofon och så vidare. Min inspiration är fortfarande den västafrikanska musikvärlden men den är kryddad med svenska folkliga influenser, lite jazz och andra musikstilar som påverkat mig som artist. Sammantaget är det hela väldigt ”groovy”, som vanligt!

Skiljer Sama Tilo sig från det du tidigare gjort? I så fall hur?

Lamine Cissokho - Foto: Kiqi D Minteh/Thegambia.nu
Lamine Cissokho – Foto: Kiqi D Minteh/Thegambia.nu

– Sama Tilo skiljer sig ganska mycket från mitt första album Pakao. Sama Tilo är rikare när det gäller influenser från olika medmusiker och stilar. Jag tycker också att min röst har mognat, och jag sjunger mer på Sama Tilo än tidigare. Jag gillar sången mer och mer. I Sama Tilo finns det ett viktigt budskap till afrikanska ungdomar. Det handlar om deras ansvar för sin egen framtid. Jag utmanar dem att utbilda sig, arbeta, vara stolta över det de har och att tänka efter innan de korsar Atlanten och emigrerar till Europa.

Vilken är din egen favoritlåt från senaste skivan, vilken låt betyder mest för dig? Varför?

– Min favorit är Karanta, som på mandinka betyder platsen där man lär sig. För mig är den platsen lika med livet. Man lär sig hela livet och livet handlar nog mest om att kunna gå framåt och lära sig.
Karanta är en låt som man kan lyssna på hemma i soffan men även dansa till. Jag gillar just det att den låten har dessa olika sidor. Det är en känslosam låt också!

Om du vinner – hur kommer du att fira då?

– Inte med champagne … för jag dricker ju ingen alkohol, utan i så fall kommer jag att fira tillsammans med vänner och min fru – som är mycket involverad i vårt musikbolag Sewa Music. Vi stannar nog hemma, med fin mat och musik förstås!

Då återstår bara att önska Lamine Cissokho varmt lycka till. Galan går av stapeln i Västerås mellan 30 mars och 2 april. De nominerade i kategorin Årets artist är, förutom Lamine Cissokho, Bridget Marsden och Josefina Paulson.

Helena Svensson
Helena Svensson

KONSERT: Gambisk-svensk trio på Stallet i Stockholm

Vad passar bättre nu när höstmörkret smyger sig på än att gå på en konsert med gambisk kora blandat med piano och saxofon. För den som befinner sig i Stockholm den 22 oktober ges chansen till att se den gambisk-svenska trion bestående av Alagi M’bye, Arne Forsén och Jonas Knutsson på Stallet.

Skärmavbild från Stallet Folk & Världsmusik
Skärmavbild från Stallet Folk & Världsmusik

Alagi M´bye från Gambia kommer från en griotfamilj där bland annat hans pappa, farfar och farbröder alla varit kända sångare, koraspelare och traditionsbärare. Han har under sin karriär turnerat bland annat i Norden och driver en musikskola för barn och unga i Gambia, för att bevara denna berättartradition. Multimusikerna Arne Forsén och Jonas Knutsson som båda verkat mycket inom svensk folkmusik träffade Alagi M’bye under en resa till Senegal och sedan dess har de tre musikerna spelat tillsammans, både i Sverige och Gambia. Trion har nu släppt skivan Mansa Konko och bjuder därför in till skivsläppskonsert.

När: 22 oktober kl 19.00. Stallet och serveringen öppnar 18.00

Var: Stallet Folk & Världsmusik i Stockholm

Pris: 150 kr (100 kr medlemmar/studerande/pensionärer)

Biljetter: Köper Du HÄR

Anna Wedin
Anna Wedin

Int’l female kora icon looks back at career in 2014

It was a successful career for The Gambian-UK born international kora sensation, who today, is still one of very few widely known female player of the 21-string to have made a name for herself at the international scene.

Gambian-British, Sona Jobarteh, who became the first female Kora virtuoso to come from a West African griot family, continued to expand her global audience after she explored new frontiers in the preceded year.

The year saw the kora star and her band of experienced artistes touring three continents selling her genre of music to audiences she was meeting for the first time. The tours in South Korea in Asia; Italy and Portugal in Europe and Mexico in the Latin American had crowned Singer Jobarteh’s 2014 success stories.

But the year also was a big time deal for her dear project, which she is jointly developing with her father, Sanjally Jobarteh, a renowned master kora player himself. She devoted much energy and resources into this project – the Amadu Bansang Jobarteh School of Music, located at the cultural town of Kembujeh, just a few minutes’ drive from West Coast Region’s commercial city of Brikama. She used her band and influence to raise some funds for the school, which has since enrolled some students that are currently undergoing various stages of musical education.

In this one-on-one exclusive, Sona Jobarteh tells us her career and other related developments registered in 2014. But first, a brief look at her biography.

Breaking away from tradition, Sona is a modern day pioneer in an ancient, male-dominated hereditary tradition that has been exclusively handed down from father to son for the past seven centuries. Born into one of the five principal West African griot families, Sona has become the first in her long family line to break from tradition by taking up this instrument professionally as a female. Her family carries a reputation for producing renowned Kora masters, one being her grandfather, Amadou Bansang Jobarteh (ABJ) who was a master griot and remains a leading icon in The Gambia’s cultural and musical history. Her cousin, Toumani Diabaté is also known worldwide for his mastery of the Kora. Taught to play the Kora at the age of four by her elder brother Tunde Jegede, Sona started her musical journey at a very young age. Sona was able to work alongside internationally acclaimed artistes such as Oumou Sangare, Toumani Diabate, Kasse Mady Diabate and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

 

sona 5Af: Thanks Sona for the interview once again. To begin with, I’m sure a lot of developments have taken place since the last time you were featured on this medium. Would you mind to share with us some of the steps in your career?

Sona: Thank you for the invitation to come once again to feature on this platform. Indeed a lot has happened since the last time. This year has focused on touring with my band around the world and we have had some amazing experiences. Also we held the first fundraiser event in London for the Amadu Bansang Jobarteh School of Music which was a great success and managed to raise the funds to cover the next project which will be starting in January 2015.

Af: October was a busy month for you having successfully toured countries in South America, Mexico to be precise, Italy and Portugal in Europe and South Korea in Asia. How was it like having to tour all these countries for performance in just one month?

Sona: It was a very challenging schedule, but an amazing success. The reception we had in Mexico and South Korea was phenomenal, and these were audiences that very rarely get to see African Music played live and for many it was actually the first time. So we felt so proud to be representing The Gambia so far afield and to give people an experience that they will remember.

 

Af: Tell us more about your experience in Mexico? First time I guess!

Sona: Yes, the first time in Mexico for us to perform. We had a string of shows in the major cities across Mexico. Again many of the audiences had not had the opportunity to come and listen to African music live so they were so excited very passionate about us. We had people follow us from one city to another just to see us performing a second time. It was amazing having thousands of people singing along with the music – in a language they didn’t understand but felt so connected to. Bannaya and Musow were definitely the favourite songs among the Mexican audiences.

 

Af: One of the amazing pictures to have come from your Mexico tour was the scramble by your fans for your signature. What was the feeling like having to be approached by fans you were meeting for the first time?

Sona: This was a crazy experience and at times quite scary as so many people were fighting to get their cds signed and I could not possibly manage to do it for everyone who wanted it. I would go into the dressing rooms to wait for the audience to leave but they would just stay there chanting “Sona… Sona…” until I would come back out. It was very touching for me, as I know many of these people have heard my music for the first time at my performance and are expressing the way they feel about the music. The fans in Mexico showed us so much love, it was a very humbling experience, and makes you understand the real power music has to cross borders and speak to anyone anywhere in the world.

 

Af: How was the experience in South Korea? What was the general reaction to your music in these countries?

Sona: In Korea the audiences were so different to those of Mexico. The Mexicans are very outgoing, relaxed and expressive, but the Koreans by contrast are very reserved people. I knew this before going out on stage to perform to them, and for me it was my mission to do what I was told was the impossible – to get the Korean audience dancing on their feet. And we managed it – we had the whole audience up on their feet dancing and singing back the words of Musow to us. It was brilliant!

 

sona jobartehAf: Performing in these kinds of great shows requires a team of dedicated band members. What’s the composition of your band and what’s the experience like in playing for people with totally different cultures?

Sona: I’m definitely lucky to have a great band full of very experienced musicians. I have band members from Ghana, Tanzania, Jamaica and Senegal and the band is made up of guitars, percussion, drum kit, and bass in addition to my Kora and vocals. I think the fact that are diverse gives us an edge which audiences from different cultures can relate to. But most importantly I think it’s the expertise of the individuals I have in the band that gives us a powerful lineup that makes us equipped to play to people from anywhere in the world.

 

Af: Sona let’s talking about your school in The Gambia, which is also moving step by step. What are the latest developments and what does the future for it looks like?

Sona: The Amadu Bansang Jobarteh School of Music is Gambia’s first international Manding music school. It is dedicated to delivering a high level of music education to children from The Gambia and also running courses for international students. The latest developments is that we have had our first sizeable donation from a UK based charity called the Erase Foundation which specializes in providing furniture and equipment for schools in The Gambia. It is an amazing charity which is very progressive in supporting education in The Gambia and I’m very honoured to have received a massive amount of equipment from them for the school. Now we are in the final stages of securing a larger piece of land to accommodate for the school expanding in the way that it needs to. The next project at the school is starting in January 2015 and will be the re-enactment of part of the Sundiata epic and will feature students on the Balafon, dance, drumming, and singing.

 

Af: How much do you want this school to be supported by everyone both within and outside?

Sona: The school’s success depends largely on the support we hope to receive from both the Gambian and international community. I am very confident in its aim, and it will be an institution that is one of its kind in The Gambia, and indeed even beyond the border of The Gambia.

 

Af: I’m also aware that you are organizing a music seminar that you are working so hard to stage. What is the level of preparation?

Sona: This seminar will be held sometime in March 2015 and is aimed at addressing some of the issues Gambia has with its music industry. I will be bringing some music industry experts from overseas to share some of their knowledge and also to run some tailor made workshops with bands in The Gambia. This is aimed at helping bands develop in a way that will aid them to reach outside of The Gambia to audiences from around the world. There are specific things which we can develop in the music industry in The Gambia that will help facilitate this. The seminar will also mark the launch of the department at the school which will specialize in music business, management and industry. This is a facility that I’m very keen to offer not only for students at the school but for any Gambians who feel they need help and guidance in these areas.

 

Sona Jobarteh
Sona Jobarteh

Af: Sona let’s talk about your album project. What’s the stage?

Sona: I have now started work on my next album which is to be released next year. I will also be releasing a single in The Gambia in February which will also give a taster of the album to come. So at the moment I’m focusing on getting that finalized.

 

Af: How different do you want to make this album from the previous hit album, which is still a choice for most pundits?

Sona: This next album is stepping things up again for me. I’m basing it much for the band formation so that the songs can be taken seamlessly from the studio to the stage. The sonic is very acoustic, but at the same time with a lot more punch and arrangements, and will feature the kora much more than the previous album. Importantly above all of that, this album is for The Gambia – dedicated to The Gambia and The Gambian people. It’s a message to say that I’m proud to be a part of Gambia and I’m proud to be representing the country around the world in the work that I do. I want people as far away as Japan, Mexico, India and USA to be singing about The Gambia. This will be the single that I want to release in The Gambia first, before anywhere else in the world. It will be due out in February.

 

Af: That does it for this interview, but before taking leave of you, what would be your last comments for this interview?

Sona: Just to thank all the people that have supported the work that I do and my music, and especially also to thank you Hatab for your continued support over the years. I look forward to being back in Gambia after the New Year.

Sona’s website

ABJ School Website

Erase Foundation

 

Hatab Fadera
Hatab Fadera

Veckans Fråga – v.31

Förra veckan frågade vi;

Vad heter samhället/byn där Gambias stora koramästare Jaliba Kuyateh föddes?

Rätt svar: Niamina Dankunku


 

Jaliba Kuyateh är Gambias mest kända koramästare, utsedd till Kungen av Kora i England och också ambassadör för UNICEF.
Läs mer om hans uppväxt, vägen till koraintresset och hans engagemang i UNICEF i vår mycket personliga och öppenhjärtiga intervju med Jaliba Kuyateh. Du hittar intervjun här.

Kora star Sona Jobarteh braces up for London performance

Gambian-British born Sona Jobarteh, who became the first female Kora virtuoso to come from a West African griot family, is set for a grand concert in the heart of London, United Kingdom, to raise fund for her pet project in The Gambia – the Amadu Bansang Jobarteh School of Music – Gambia’s first Manding music school.

The long-awaited UK appearance will see Sona with her full band on Thursday, July 17th at the Forge in London for this exclusive event that is expected to attract many of her fans. As an ardent advocator of tradition, Sona has been working on establishing this school over the past year which is dedicated to cultivating knowledge and expertise in traditional music and culture amongst the next generation of young Gambians. Named after her grandfather Amadu Bansang Jobarteh, Sona’s intent is for the success of this school to stand as an enduring testament to the invaluable legacy he left behind.

In a recent interview with TheGambia.nu, Sona spoke passionately about the idea of putting in place such a great initiative that will create the opportunity for harnessing and unlocking the potentials of youngsters to take on future music careers. “It’s a kind of like an interesting origin because myself I have always been in education – teaching children in UK and Europe generally. I have been a teacher for about nine years in different universities in UK. It has been part of me and I had always thought that one day I am going to have school in The Gambia for musicians,” Sona explained the genesis of how the school idea came about.

“The topic came up with my dad one day when I was about 18 and then he
was like well exactly the same thing was in my head. We never talked
about it before and when it came up, we had exactly the same plan
about what I wanted to do in terms of the legacy we have. So that was
basically how it became stronger in my head – it’s like my dad was
planning the same thing. So I want the curriculum to grow on my dad’s
knowledge because he has a lot of valuable knowledge about the old
tradition. I want to institutionalised some of these knowledge he has,
start to put into curriculum that can be given to children here in The
Gambia and ultimately to Europe”.

Coming from a legendary griot family, Kora Player Sona Jobarteh, who released an acclaimed album “Fasiya” in 2010 and in December featured as a solo vocalist in the Hollywood movie ‘Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom’ is well aware that catching the talents of kids young through her initiative is perhaps the best contribution she could make to the development of The Gambia’s young music industry that continues wrestle with enormous challenges.

 

Sona Jobarteh
Sona Jobarteh

About Sona
Breaking away from tradition, she is a modern day pioneer in an ancient, male-dominated hereditary tradition that has been exclusively handed down from father to son for the past seven centuries. Born into one of the five principal West African griot families, Sona has become the first in her long family line to break from tradition by taking up this instrument professionally as a female.

Her family carries a reputation for producing renowned Kora masters, one being her grandfather, Amadou Bansang Jobarteh (ABJ) who was a master griot and remains a leading icon in The Gambia’s cultural and musical history. Her cousin, Toumani Diabaté is also known worldwide for his mastery of the Kora. Taught to play the Kora at the age of four by her elder brother Tunde Jegede, Sona started her musical
journey at a very young age.

The years spent working as a musician in the UK training in classical institutions such as the Royal College of Music and Purcell School of Music, as well as being a permanent member of her brother’s internationally acclaimed ACM Ensemble, allowed her to become immersed in a world of musical diversity many could only dream of. Sona was able to work alongside internationally acclaimed artistes such as Oumou Sangare, Toumani Diabate, Kasse Mady Diabate and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. These many influences have come together to form one of most exciting new talents from the West African Griot tradition to hit the stage in recent years.

Sona has an effortless ability to blend different musical styles, not just between the West and Africa, but also between West African musical genres. She uses her innovative stance to talk about issues to do with cultural identity, gender, love and respect whilst still referencing and rooting herself firmly in her traditional cultural heritage. She represents her tradition in a way that is easily accessible to her audiences from around the world, who are drawn in by her captivating voice, strong rhythms and catchy melodies.

About the Kora
The Kora, a 21-stringed African harp, is one of the most important instruments belonging to the Manding peoples of West Africa. It can be found in The Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea and Guinea-Bissau. The Kora, along with a handful of other instruments, belongs exclusively to the griot families of West Africa. Only those who are born into one of these families have the exclusive right to take up these instruments professionally. It has since been a male-dominated affair,
a situation that has left women born to the griot families to respect that strong culture.

 

Hatab Fadera
Hatab Fadera

Jaliba Kuyateh utsedd till Kungen av Kora i England

Jaliba Kuyateh på Europaturné 2013
Jaliba Kuyateh på Europaturné 2013

Den hyllade koraspelaren Jaliba Kuyateh från Gambia har blivit krönt till Kungen av Kora ”King of Kora”. Jaliba Kuyateh blev krönt till konung Mandings. Han har gjort sig känd som en traditionell musiker på sitt 21-strängade instrument. Händelsen fick den nykrönta korakungens två hustrur att falla i glädjetårar. Kröningen skedde söndag den 8:e juni 2014 i Bristol i England.

MBG-direktören Nick Maurice fick äran att kröna Kungen av kora: Jaliba Kuyateh som gjort sig känd genom att nå fram till sin publik på ett extraordinärt sätt och att dessutom genom sin musik och kultur skapa fred, harmoni och gemenskap. Jaliba Kuyateh sägs ha börjat spela kora redan vid 5 års ålder och är fantastisk på att hantera det västafrikanska, traditionella instrumentet kora, som även är Gambias nationalinstrument.

Jaliba kommer från en känd griotfamilj i Gambia och är en mycket folklig och omtyckt artist med mycket humor, värme som möter sin publik och sina fans med respekt och kärlek. Många vittnar om Jalibas enkelhet i mötet med sin publik.

Den hyllade musikern är även känd för sin generositet och uppges skänka bort ungefär hälften av sina inkomster från musiken, till välgörande ändamål och han har även byggt skolor, religiösa centrum och vårdcentraler till befolkningen.

Jaliba Kuyateh har även gjort sig känd för sitt engagemang för välgörande ändamål, men också som ambassadör för Unicef.

Så här lät det när vår skribent Kiqi intervjuade Jaliba här i Sverige förra året:

Om Jaliba Kuyatehs konsert i Gambia i januari kan du läsa HÄR!

Jaliba Kuyateh på Facebook

Jaliba Kuyatehs Hemsida

Fatou Touray
Fatou Touray

En koramusiker på väg – Lamine Cissokho åker på turné

lamine cissokhoEn modern griot, bosatt i svenska Kalmar men med hela världen som sin arena. Lamine Cissokho släpper nytt material i april och ger sig ut på turné redan nu i mars. Lamine ska ta sig från vårt svenska Göteborg, ner till Guinea och Senegal, och tillbaka till Uppsala, via Frankrike. Under fem månader befinner han sig på turné och bjuder på musik som bland annat är hämtad från hans kommande skiva ”Sama Tilo – Vers La Source”. Turnén startar på onsdag, 12 mars, på Klubb Ankaret i Göteborg. Har du förmånen att ha honom på besök på en ort nära dig så föreslår att jag du inte missar detta tillfälle att höra honom live.

För er som inte redan känner till honom och kanske missade vår artikelserie om Planetafestivalen förra året, så är Lamine Cissokho ättling till en känd griotsläkt och han kommer ursprungligen från Casamance i Senegal, men är bosatt i Sverige sedan 2001. Som så många andra grioter är Lamines huvudinstrument koran. Koran, som påminner om en harpa, är en flersträngad lyra och just Lamines kora är tillverkad av en stor kalebass och har hela 22 strängar. Lamine har spelat kora på allvar sedan 10 års ålder och han skapar magisk musik med sitt instrument. Som en sann västafrikansk trubadur och historieberättare bjuder han lyssnarna på sin muntliga och alldeles speciellt mjuka lovsång, som verkligen berör.

Lamine är både låtskrivare och arrangör och hans melodier och texter speglar verkligen hans många olika världserfarenheter och musikaliska arv. I denne världsmusikers repertoar hör vi allt från hans älskade barndoms traditionella koramusik, till den svenska folkmusiken och den moderna afro-jazzens groove. Tillsammans med tonerna bjuder hans texter på berättelser om livet i en afrikansk griotfamilj, med upplevelser och kulturella möten ute i Europa, inspirerat av hans stora rikedom av musikalisk tradition från Senegal. Främst sjunger Lamine på mandinka, wolof och franska, men också på svenska. Han har spelat ihop med diverse svenska musiker och deltagit på ett otal festivaler, event och konserter runt om i Sverige. Däribland Falu Folkfestival, Folk & Värlsdmusikgalan i Gävle, Planeta, Uppsalas och Göteborgs Konserthus, samt en rad workshops och jamsessions.

På Lamines hemsida kan man läsa ett citat hämtat från en av världens mest kända koraspelare, Toumani Diabaté, när han skrev om Lamines album ”Pako”, från 2011;

”In the world, music is universal, it has no boundaries. This is what Lamine tells us in the lyrics of his new album « Pakao ». He sings of the life and culture of the Griot people as well as the experience of an African in Europe. Lamine’s music is inspired by the enormous wealth of musical traditions of Senegal. He sings mainly in Mandinge and with his impressive, expressive voice, holds audiences captive. He is on the right way to become a famous kora player with his own style “

I dagarna påbörjar Lamine sin nya turné där han framöver kommer att bjuda på musik från sitt kommande album, vilket han släpper till sensommaren. Redan i april kommer första singeln från albumet och den kommer innehålla låtarna ”Sama” och ”Retourne toi”. Ni som bor i Göteborg har turen att kunna njuta av Lamines fängslande musik redan på onsdag, när han gästar Klubb Ankaret. Därifrån reser han sedan vidare ner till Guinea för att spela på Corde et Kora-festivalen i Conakry. Nedan kan ni se Lamines hela turnéplan, så när som på några ytterligare releasefester i bland annat Göteborg och Stockholm. Datum för dessa kommer annonseras ut längre fram.

12 mars – Klubb Ankaret, Götborg /Sverige
22 mars – Corde et Kora-festivalen, Conakry/Guinea

12 april – Senegals Alliance Franco, Ziguinchor/Senegal
19 april – Cisko Center, Cap Skirring/Senegal
26 april – Just4You, Dakar/Senegal

29 maj – Le Jam, Montpellier/Frankrike

7 juni – Singel-release, Borgholm/Sverige
28 juni – Gitarrfestivalen, Biot/Frankrike

cissokho singelomslag bak3 juli – Bouillon de Culture-festivalen, Sallaigousse/Frankrike
6 juli – Wassa’n Africa, Launac/Frankrike
6 juli – Café Plum, Launac/Frankrike
9 juli – Irländska Legender, Jégun/Frankrike
15 juli – Annexet, Ile d’Oléron/Frankrike
28 juli – Afrikanska festivalen, Vaasa/Frankrike

28 augusti – HiJazz, Uppsala/Sverige

För er som är sugna på att lyssna till Lamine redan nu så följer här tre stycken youtube-klipp.
Först hans mycket välkända sång ”Pakao”


Kambeng Groove-konsert på Fasching jazz club i Stockholm (juni 2012)

Livemusik tillsammans med Dembo ”Koeseke” Jatta på Kalebassi i Göteborg (sept 2013)

Lamine Cissokhos hemsida hittar ni här!

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