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Jaliba Kuyateh is a recognized Gambian artist in the area of performing arts who contributed greatly to the promotion of Gambian culture and the development of African and Gambian music in particular. He composed many songs conveying messages to the people on social issues and rendered services free of charge to build schools, religious centers and health centers.

As a child during the ages of five to seven years, Jaliba was trained on the Kora - a twenty-one stringed musical instrument, mainly found in countries along the west coast of Africa. This happened through his father who was also a player of the Kora.

At this time, if he did anything wrong, his father was using the kora as a form of punishment by giving him a tune to play on the Kora before he was allowed to go out and play with friends. Through this, he was able to acquire the basic skills on the instrument since the time he was very young.

Because of his school career, he almost left the Kora completely, apart from during leisure time. Only when he entered the Gambia Teachers Training College, he became interested in the instrument again. During the college course, he was with the Kora constantly, and rapidly became known by all Gambians as well as in other West African countries because of his performances and interviews in the national radio.

Interested students came and formed a group with him. The group became famous and started touring the country, especially during school holidays. This development went ahead to date.


Jaliba and the group has since then in a very characteristical way been able to blend traditional and modern musical instruments in their repertoire, thus making it possible for them to produce music that is appealing to both the young and older generation of Gambians as well as visitors to The Gambia.

Now, they have a Kora, a Balafon, a drum set, percussions, a trumpet, bass guitar, tama and talking drums, and a set of four local drums.

Jaliba Kuyateh's group has existed in more than 18 years and have indeed proven themselves to be "Cultural Ambassadors of The Gambia". The group has represented The Gambia at international festivals in Senegal, Ghana and Spain. They have also toured the USA, as well as European countries such as England, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. From July to September 1996 The Gambia Socio-Cultural Association arranged a major European tour for Jaliba and his Kumareh band after playing during the Gambian Cultural Week in Copenhagen.

May 1999

Jaliba has just released his eight Album. The new album of Jaliba and the Kumareh Band was released on Monday May 10th. Fankanta contains song titles: FAO (Telefood), Fankanta (family Planning), Lottery, zone II, Pop FLE, Kanu Badingya, and Saabo and Family.

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Three songs in the album, Family, Saabo and Kanu Badingya are new while the others are previously released singles. The album was recorded at Elie Nachif's Yellowgate Studios, Fajara and sponsored by Fankanta, the new family planning logo.

According to distributor Salif Jaiteh, the album is now available in all record shops in the country.


imageFebruary 24, 2001 - Oko Back With Jaliba's Cassette


The Point

Oko Drammeh, Gambian-born music promoter in Hollywood, USA, is back in the Gambia, this time to officially launch the long-awaited new cassette of Kora guru Jaliba Kuyateh.

The backing musicians of this Jaliba's latest 'musical bomb' are internationally-renowned musicians of class, most of whom have played for would renowned celebrites like Michael Jackson etc. Kerewan Sounds will distribute the new Jaliba Kuyateh cassettes, after the official launching which will be held next weekend at one of the best hotels in the Gambia.

So keep close to these columns for details of the cassette, and promoter Oko, who is the brain promoting Gambian musicians worldwide.

Jaliba Kuyateh's "Kora Dance" Launched

March 9, 2001


The Independent

Mr Oko Drammeh with King of Kora Jaliba Kuyateh Touring U.S from February 9th 2002. Saturday 9th February 2002 at One World Theatre Austin, Texas.

For more information on Jaliba and Oko Drammeh Tour in U.S go to:, , or

Jaliba Kuyateh is news and report 'man of the year 2009'

Monday, 04 January 2010

Jaliba Kuyateh of Brikama, the well-known kora player and leader of the Kumareh Band of Brikama has been designated "Man of the Year 2009" by the Gambia News and Report weekly magazine, the first musician to receive the award.


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