Folker Review

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Folker magazine june 2018

JOBARTEH KUNDA

Teriya
jobarteh-kunda.de
(Aimland Records ARJK 73912)
11 Tracks, 51:59, mit engl. Infos

Purists may have problems with it when German musicians like the “white griot” Tormenta Jobarteh who grew up in Munich immerse themselves in a completely different culture acquire craft skills over many years including learning the Kora, language and other strange rituals of an exotic music tradition. Although the often much vaunted “authenticity” is missing, the bandleader succeeded and has managed to produce world music at a high level for over twenty years. He has performed more then a thousand concerts and produced quality recordings, witch can also exist internationally. To mark the 20th anniversary of the band, Jobarteh, together with daughter Yasmina (Vocal,perc) and longtime collaborators Humphrey Cairo (dr,b) Felix Occhionero (g,b) and Gerhard Wagner (sax,fl) present a fourth studio album. “Teriya” brings together on a congenial way music of the Manding, Afrobeat, Reggae, Calypso and Latin flavours. Guests including Roman Bunka (Oud) who brings a middle eastern sound and Sir Lancelot Scott  (stellpan) who brings a Caribbean flair. The song content is diverse, also political as in ” White Bubu ” a reckoning with the Gambian dictator Jammeh

Roland Schmitt