Dawda Jobarteh

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Dawda Jobarteh is a Denmark-based Afro-rock musician from The Gambia.

Jobarteh takes his griot heritage very seriously and is the grandson of Alhaji Bai Konte and son of Amadou Bansang. He is at the epicentre of The Gambia’s musical aristocracy.

Dawda was not, at first, a kora player and even today his instrument is one acquired after he'd left the land of his birth, The Gambia, and settled in Denmark. Dawda learned his music sitting at the feet of his uncle Malamin, playing the calabash. And perhaps it is this training as a percussionist, only coming to the kora later and on his own terms, which makes his music so distinct.

Another factor could be the range of collaborators with whom Dawda has performed and recorded over the years. From the Salaam Band in The Gambia while still in his teens, through to featuring with jazz pioneer Pierre Dørge, and on to leading his own groups today, Dawda has absorbed a range of influences that cover a whole gamut of musical styles. Thus he is as comfortable with a traditional composition which dates back hundreds of years, as he is with hooking up his kora to an effects box and turning the volume to '11'.

Dawda’s home is now firmly in Denmark. Here he has married and set up house. Here he has swapped the wedding and circumcision ceremonies that his uncles Malamin Jobarteh and Dembo Konte performed in rural Gambia, for educational tours of Scandinavia with bassist Moussa Diallo, or free-jazz performances with drummer Stefan Pasborg. Here with his own group he has appeared at rock festivals such as Roskilde, and from here he has ventured around the world onto stages in East Africa and clubs in New Delhi, India.

Dawda Jobarteh's performances honour his past, are rooted in the present and yet always look to the future.

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Tykke In Mandinka
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Jeg Gik Mig Ud En Sommerdag - Dawda Jobarteh
Begging Boys - Dawda Jobarteh feat Souleymane Faye
Mba sina - Hotel room series part 1 by Dawda Jobarteh
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Winter Trees Stand Sleeping
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Firifiroolu
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Mba Sina
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Tykke In Mandinka
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Afro Blue
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Begging Boys (feat. Souleymane Faye)
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Hello
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Karang Folo
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I Met Her By The River
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Firifiroolu
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Jeg Gik Mig Ud En Sommerdag
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Sidi Yela
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(Take My Hand And Let's Go To) The Red Desert
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Sama Kebbalu (Ben Gomori's Lead by Example Edit)
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Bright Sky over Monrovia (Ben Gomori's Kora Dub Edit)
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Transition
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Dalua
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Mba Sina
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Kaira
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Mama Sawo
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Presenting the King
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Lullaby Med Jullie (feat. Jullie Hjetland Jensen)
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Jamming in the Fifth Dimension
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Efo
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Our Time in Tanjeh
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Winter Trees Stand Sleeping
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All One
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Kanoo
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Bright Sky over Monrovia
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Mali
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A Change Has Come
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Dancing in Your Head
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Better Get Hit in Your Soul
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Kaira
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Mopti
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Marlong
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Bells
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Sundiata
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Videos

Dawda Jobarteh Namo
Dawda Jobarteh - Winter Trees Standing Sleeping
Adele - Hello (KORA COVER) Dawda Jobarteh
Dawda Jobarteh & Stefan Pasborg - Karang Folo
Dawda Jobarteh live at Roskide 2019
Dawda Jobarteh - Samakebalu live in Hamburg Nov 2019
Dawda Jobarteh - I Met Her By The River Live at Kayak Bar
Dawda Jobarteh - Roskilde Festival 2019
I Met Her By The River Hotel room series part 3, living room by Dawda Jobarteh
Begging Boys - Dawda Jobarteh feat Souleymane Faye
Jeg Gik Mig Ud En Sommerdag - Dawda Jobarteh
Dawda Jobarteh - Live At Inkonst, Malmö, Sweden. April 20-2018
Dawda Jobarteh Senegal Tour Dec 2017
I Met Her By The River - Dawda Jobarteh
Efo - Dawda Jobarteh
Adele - Hello (KORA COVER) Dawda Jobarteh
Tama Silo by the River - Dawda Jobarteh
Efo - Hotel room series part 2 by Dawda Jobarteh
Mba sina - Hotel room series part 1 by Dawda Jobarteh
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