a man of great humility....great vision.........patience...kindness...and tolerance.......sometimes we forget to say thankyou......this is for you  Ebrima......!!!

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Ebrima Jobarteh


Kambeng Project


Ebrima Jobarteh is the Producer and Managing Director of The Kambeng Project. A man of great sensibilities and passion, he has developed a business that supports his musical adventures. Djembeh drums are manufactured in his workshops in Brikama and exported to Germany and Italy. Brikama is the home of Djembeh, Balafon and Kora production in The Gambia. Companies such as GEPA and CTM are supplied by the project and bring in much needed revenue. This in turn funds the music which is featured here. Yeriinaa was recorded in 2005 and features 6 Gambian musicians of the highest calibre. Papis Suso, Kolley Sumbundu, Ankung Jobarteh, Abdou Jassey, and Lamin Susso are joined by Kora player Saikou Susso for this beautiful album of 8 tracks. Tragically Saikou Susso died in the spring of 2006. We dedicate this project to a man who was as beautiful in life as his music is in our spirit. I met him once at a rehearsal in April 2005 when we attempted to "Mande up" a western tune; we were adding Mandinka bass lines to a tune played in a more conventional way. Our time on this earth is so fleeting that I give thanks for such occasions.

According to Mande Music by Eric Charry........The Kuyatehs, Jobartehs and Kanutehs were the Griot families at the time of Mohammed.

Ebrima Jobarteh is a cousin of Tata Dinding and both are at the forefront of calls to establish a music conservatoire in Brikama in The Gambia. It seems to me that with Jaliba Kuyateh, Saihou Kanuteh  and Li N'Gom(Abdul Kabir) on board, there would be no finer tribute to Saikou Susso.

Here we are in 2013 ... The Konteh Kunda Music School is now open! Follow the links from the Study page!


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