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Kora Melodies from the Republic of the Gambia, West Africa
Alhaji Bai Konte
Kora Melodies from the Republic of the Gambia, West Africa
Genres: World Music, New Age
 
Bai Konte is a virtuoso performer on the kora, the 21-stringed African harp. He gets a sweet sound from the harp, and the flowing chords, shifting rhythmic patterns, and spirited runs create a quiet, meditative atmosphere....  more »

      
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All Artists: Alhaji Bai Konte
Title: Kora Melodies from the Republic of the Gambia, West Africa
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rounder Records
Release Date: 2/2/2009
Genres: World Music, New Age
Style: Africa
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 011661500129, 011661500112, 011661500143, 011661500129

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Bai Konte is a virtuoso performer on the kora, the 21-stringed African harp. He gets a sweet sound from the harp, and the flowing chords, shifting rhythmic patterns, and spirited runs create a quiet, meditative atmosphere. Since its release in 1973, this album's gentle, transcendant charms have captivated thousands of listeners -- you don't have to be an African music fan to love it.

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The Kottke of the Kora
R. J MOSS | Alice Springs, Australia | 10/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is really a stunning set of songs from Konte. I hadn't realised he'd passed away until I read one of the reviews posted here. Of course he sounds nothing like Leo Kottke, but he can move with that same dazzling speed, say on 'Baa to toto', whilst imitating a frog, belting a bluesy barrelhouse piano sound and simultaneously unfolding a melody. Elsewhere, on 'Daua', he hums like an insect over a sitar sounding piece. The moods vary, from festive rollicking, through booming rhythms,to eerie melodies. Like Kottke, without witnessing a performance, it's hard to believe only one man is making such a surplus of music."
Alhaji Bai Konte - Greatest 20th Century Kora Player
N. Feagin | Washington state, USA | 07/31/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This recording was given to us in Burkina Faso in the 1980's. The people there consider this Guinean griot to be the deepest, and best kora player ever. We have to agree. It was said that even the despotic ruler of Guinea shed tears at the death of Alhaji Bai Konte. Add this classic to your West African music collection."
Alhaji Bai Konte is one of the greats
N. Feagin | 03/15/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Although I have not heard this CD yet, I was lucky enough to see one of Alhaji Bai Konte's performances when he was in the US about twenty years ago. The audience sat in wrapt silence as the griot played his Kora under a 200-year-old oak tree on the Campus of Friends World College in Lloyd Harbor. How I would love to see him perform again. Michael Kucher"