Johnny Toubab  

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I went on the road with Tata Dinding to Casamance, which is the Southern part of Senegal. Right slap bang in the middle of the tour, the whole family came to my Wedding as guests and to play. Four days after this momentous occasion we headed back to Casamance. I could not help but seize the opportunity to work with such musical momentum and wrote 2 songs! "Hey Jonfolo" was my wedding day gift to my wife Jonfolo Jallow. We sang it for hours and hours. "The Journey" was Tata's idea. "A Thousand Kilometers...begins with one step....." So I added some lyrics about famous Africans and African Americans.....and a tune that brings in quotes from The Beatles "This Boy" and "Get By With a Little Help from my Friends..." Both developed into performance as did  arrangements of Neil Young's "Cortez the Killer,"  Little Feat's "On Your Way Down," John Lennon's "Working Class Hero ,"  The Rolling Stones "Satisfaction" and the classic "Can't Always Get What You Want." Each develops its own inimitable rhythmic tour de force. So we all had a jolly good time, did some bonding and ripped the roof off..........!! Outdoor gigs can be like that!!

    "What time is this... then...?..."

 

"I don't know...but ....you are either very late with that last beat....or very early with the next....!!"

 

"Hey Jonfolo...............!!" For those of you who remember Bo Diddley.....same notes....different order!!!

 

The newly recorded accoustic version of Hey Jonfolo is now available .  I have been working with Karamo Susso on Kora for some tracks with Saihou Kanuteh and we put this together during a break. I am also writing and playing with Sanku Jobarteh on vocals ...in between radio programs....so expect some new and exciting music from him quite soon.

I have finally found the time...and the software... to edit a copy of the original DVD of 3 versions of Hey Jonfolo......."Hey Jonfolo"...... "The Making of Hey Jonfolo".....and "Hey Jonfolo....The Out-Takes"...(in 2 parts)..........Tata Dinding..Johnny Toubab..Siffai Jobarteh..Salam Band..and even Jonfolo Jallow herself singing along to the chorus...Live in Gunjur.. under a Full Moon.....Tata is well on top of it..as always...and it gives one an insight into life in West Africa....as the rainy season begins....!!

        

Johnny Toubab...Bambo Konteh...Alhagie Minteh...Tata Dindin

Alhagie Minteh ....the Djembeh player....passed away on August 22nd 2007...these short movies are my testament to a Brother....see him on the Gambian river ferry in part 1 when I ask him about the ferry........and the morning after the gig in Kafountine in part 2.....our time on this earth is so fleeting.....I give thanks for his Soulful music...his laughter...his enduring friendship...and his Spirit.....!!! Abaraka...!!!

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