Alhaji Bai Konte

Also known as A.B. Konte, Bai Konte

Profile of the performer Alhaji Bai Konte: Born 1920 in Brikama, Gambia, died 1982 or 1983. Bai Konte was a jali, or praise singer, and master kora musician. Father of [a=Dembo Konte] and Sherrifo Konteh, who continue to live in Brikama.



He popularized the Casamance kora style (better known in Senegal than Gambia), which includes extensive improvisations with powerful strumming, and a more polyrhythmic and percussive technique. Also unique to his performances was rhythmic tapping (konkon) on the back of a kora by a second performer, and frequent use of a group of backing vocalists to accompany his own singing and storytelling.



Bai Konte generally tuned his kora to a higher pitch than was standard at the time, giving a brighter sound to the instrument; another technique that has since gained popularity.

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1 Alhaji Bai Konte - Kora Melodies From The Republic Of The Gambia, West Africa Kora Melodies From The Republic Of The Gambia, West Africa 10 mp3, CD 1973 Rounder Records
2 Alhaji Bai Konte - Kora Melodies From The Republic Of The Gambia, West Africa Kora Melodies From The Republic Of The Gambia, West Africa 14 mp3, CD 1989 Rounder Records
3 Gambian Griot Kora Duets 5 mp3, CD 1979 Folkways Records
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