Alhaji 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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|#||Release cover||Release title||Tracks amount||Download release in mp3?||Official release date||Label of release|
|1||Kora Melodies From The Republic Of The Gambia, West Africa||10||mp3, CD||1973||Rounder Records|
|2||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|