Amandu Bansang Jobarteh was born in Tambasansang (upper-river Gambia) in 1904 (circa) before the time of the first world war. His father, who was originally from Mali, settled in Tambasansang before moving on to Bansang where Amadu grew up. He was introduced to music by his father but was taught the Kora by his elder brother, Bala Jobarteh, who was also the father of the legendary Malian Kora player, Sidiki Diabaté and grandfather of the celebrated world-renowned artist, Toumani Diabaté.

Amadu Bansang is acknowledged by many within the tradition as a ‘Master of the Kora’. His brilliance of tone and style of improvisation were distinctive, unique and instantly recognisable. He brought a    

refinement to the repertoire, particularly in his transcriptions of Konting repertoire for the Kora, and had a dexterity in his playing that allowed for an incredible amount of polyphony and voicing almost unprecedented for a solo player. In his later years he traveled extensively to UK, Europe and America, held a post at the University of Michigan and released two recordings, Master of the Kora (1978) and Tabarah (1989). Amadu Bansang Jobarteh passed away in April 2001.  

Amadu Bansang Jobarteh


Lamban performed by Amadu Bansang Jobarteh
Filmed by Roderick Knight in 1970 
Kembujeh, The Gambia 
Duration: 01:25

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A documentary film on the Making of the Kora featuring Jali Nyama Suso, Alhaji Bai Konteh, Amadu Bansang Jobarteh and Malamini Jobarteh.  Although never originally  intended for release this archival film by Roderick Knight captures some of the finest kora players of a generation working in their element to demonstrate the making and performing of the Kora. 
Duration: 14:06 
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Lamban performed by Amadu Bansang Jobarteh and Tunde Jegede
An extract from the BBC documentary film, 
Africa I Remember directed by Paul Balmer
Produced by Music on Earth
Narrated by Tunde Jegede 
Duration: 01:40

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Bamba Suso

Jali Nyama Suso

Alhagie Bai Konteh

Sanjally Jobarteh


Sanjally Jobarteh

Wali Cham

Tunde Jegede

Sona Jobarteh