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West African musical heritages do not get weightier than the one to which Gambian kora player Dawda Jobarteh belongs. His grandfather was Alhaji Bai Konte (1920-83), who was to the kora what Ravi Shankar is to the sitar. Bai Konte was the first kora player to take the instrument to the US, performing there in the early 1970s, and, more than that, his recordings remain the benchmark against which younger players are measured. Between grandfather and grandson are Jobarteh's father… read more

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