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To see a young man so modest and so talented ...................leaves one with little choice but to encourage and motivate................we have worked on voice training...............expression.............composition.............studio recording............and performance................and the results speak for themselves.................... Music Publishing

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Sankun Jobarteh

 

I have been very lucky in this life to have worked with great talent. Established artists from whom I learned a very great deal.....................and newcomers who are able to make the leap of faith from wanting to.........................to understanding that this game is like football or any other team activity. Work.....work...work...............Hard Knocks and Dirty Socks.................!!!

Sanku travelled for a long time as the MC for Tata Dinding's Salam Band. He would introduce the acts and focus the people on the specifics of the particular occasion. The night we recorded Hey Jonfolo .....live in Gunjur............2 years ago........... was the night that I felt his presence (check the Johnny Toubab Artist page). He just arrived at the microphone right on cue in the middle section and rapped  what is for me one of the highlights of the track. Understanding how creative people work is not something you can teach. It is like common sense......you either have it......or you dont!!! And I would advise young wannabees to study that sentence.........and digest the implications. 

It takes talent to manage and produce talent....................and Sanku has shown the patience of a Saint when it came to writing a track.............and then trying to record in the most difficult conditions. He put down 6 vocal tracks in one session on a very hot afternoon........we did only one punch-in/overdub..........and 3 of the takes  were translations into Mandinka. It is a rare bear who  has such poise and composure. So I can only say to you that while the mixes of these 8 new tracks are raw and full of ambience............this was completely intentional. It is a learning curve for us both...............

Road Accidents is a Sanku Jobarteh composition. I added some suitable chords and ideas for mood. Taken to You is a song that I wrote in 2004............. and The Journey is a joint effort by me and Tata Dinding................Sanku does a great job on these and there are both English and Mandinka vocals. Poor 'n Lonely and Leave my Wife Alone are my fault. I have introduced Rock and Roll into West Africa. This is a conscious attempt to create a new musical genre. Like a chef cooking up a new recipe. Having struggled and wrestled with the timing of Elvis' Blue Suede Shoes and Chuck Berry's Memphis Tennessee..............Sanku came back to me with new lyrical ideas.

I could not help but think of Charlie Parker and all the great African American musicians who did exactly the same thing. Parker took the chords to..... Scrapple for the Apple.....from the 1st eight of Honeysuckle Rose......and the middle eight of I Got Rhythm..............and simply welded onto them that great Saxaphone phrase that makes Scrapple such a monster tune. It was of course a tribute to all of the Jazzers who were scrappling to get to New York.........The Big Apple..........and would sell their souls to achieve this. It also meant that Parker received the Copyright and Royalties on his tune.

So we did exactly the same thing. Poor 'n Lonely is a cross between Memphis Tennessee and Willie and the Hand Jive. It is one of lifes' supreme mysteries and acts of synchronicity that Sanku should write the opening lyric "this is a story 'bout a boy called Little Willie"

Like all great rock tunes  Leave my Wife Alone took about 10 minutes to knock into shape from an idea that Sanku had scribbled on a scrap of paper. We pay homage to Elvis who I believe should be played and listened to much much more across Africa. He carried a torch for African American music and played a great part in bringing that music to "the white folks"

So it is a truly proud moment in my life to bring you this new music............a fusion of African and Rock Drums............ Bass........Electric Lead and Overdriven Accoustic Guitar.............Kora............Balafon .............and the massive talent and voice of Sanku Jobarteh..........................

 

Sanku..........Landing Jobarteh on Bass.........Ebrima Jobarteh's 9 year old boy....Musa....who plays most West African Djembe Drummers off of the park...!!! Mafu Konteh.........plays Kora............Balafon.......and a Western Drum Kit............Paps Shock from Senegal plays Lead Guitar................and Jali Bakary Konteh .............one of my favourite Kora Players.........his performance at the March 25th gig was simply Majestic............he is a very worthy pretender to Tata Dinding's musical genius.

Take your time with this medicine....the more you hate it to begin with............the more you are going to fall right on in there..............!!

Here is a link to the photographs of the street party to celebrate and show respect for the 200 years of Abolition day...March 25th....also the first performance of Sanku Jobarteh's new tunes...... Here

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