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 Jalikebba Kuyateh and the Toubabs (1 Albums, 8 Tracks)


  • Jalikebba Kuyateh
  • Tommy Nawratil
  • Jali Haruna Jassey
  • Sandra Marteleur
  • Kajsa Dahlstrom
  • The Kaira Band
Hailing from different nations, The Toubabs present a CD featuring the African kora and incorporating elements of Swedish folk music and the Indian tabla. The group performed together at the Tanji Village Museum in Gambia.Two members of the group, Jalikebba and Haruna were born into griot families. Griots are a
social caste who perform traditional music and poetry, jaliyaa, carrying on the oral tradition from antiquity.Tommy is an Austrian performer and composer who specializes in the Indian tabla and other percussive instruments. Violinist Sandra and vocalist Kasja are both Swedes.Jalikebba. Jalikebba Kuyateh was born and raised in Gambiw, and is a skilled kora player who has placed with many groups in Africa. He is in demand for festivals, weddings, and ceremonies.Currently, Jalikebba is the lead performer at the Tanji Village Museum in Tanji, Gambia.  The museum presents and preserves the traditional culture and the natural history of Gambia. He also teaches music workshops both at the museum and abroad.Tommy. Thomas Nawratil is a multi-instrumentalist and composer. His works include compositions ranging from classical and jazz to international works in percussive folk styles. Tommy is particulary focused on tuned percussive instruments like the balafon, mbira, and tabla tarang, as well as general percussive instruments like the darbouka, djembe, duff, riq, dhol, dholak, and khamak. Nawratil was born in Vienna. He studied vibraphon and marimba with Woody Schabata (at the Schubert Conservatory) and classical Indian tabla with Jatinder Thakur.