Gambian musician Pa Bobo hitting the world

Friday, August 02, 2019

Gambian kora player Pa Bobo Jobarteh have been hitting the world with his musical lyrics making waves in the atmosphere.  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 which was formed in 1988, fusing hot Senegalese mbalax drumming with cool Manding kora. It is what could be called modern Afro-Manding music for dances and parties.

His rising popularity in The Gambia comes as a result of his adaptation and 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.

He began to play kora at age 6. His international career started with European tour at age 11. In 1988, at just age 13, he played at WOMAD in the UK to large audience both in Cornwall and Reading. He 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.

Lamin Jaiteh, the band manager told the Point Entertainment and Lifestyle that the Band has achieved so many developments since its inception, adding that they also initiated an Art foundation called Kaira kunda Art foundation. “Our musical band has performed at so many international festivals in the world, notably, Africa, America and Asia,” he said, adding that last year the band attended another musical festival in the Southern Senegal which was organized by the late Solo Susso, who is also a kora maestro. “I am calling all our fans to keep up the momentum and follow the band.” He also thanked Soas University in UK, London for partnering with the band.