Bondi, meaning "be yourself" in Mandinka language, grew out of the
former Gambian band called the Super Eagles. Founded in the 60's the
Super Eagles was the undisputed top group in the Gambia and Senegal. In
1968 they toured Ghana, making an enormous impact with their very
African sound in a country which was shortly to produce Osibisa.
In 1970 Super Eagles was disbanded only to rise up again in 1973, as
Ifang Bondi. The name was new as the sound, featuring for the first time
indigenous Senegambian rhythms, melodies and instruments. They
integrated traditional instruments as kora, balafon, sabar, talking
drum, bugarabu and djembe with mordern instruments as the electric
guitar, base and keyboards.
As such they have been credited to be the true originators of the
current "Afro-Manding" sound as extemporised by stars such as Yousou
N'dure, Salif Ke´ta and Mory Kante.
the latest CD "Gis Gis" Ifangbondi celebrates their 25 years of
existence with the leader bassist Badou Jobe who is the only original
member remaining in the band. Badou Jobe has been with the Super Eagles
from the beginning and has been the driving force in 1973 when the big
change in style happened. The group lives in The Gambia and makes tours
to Europe every year with a base in the Netherlands.
The current members are:
Badou Jobe - bass
El Hadj Samb - vocals, percussion
Jali Momodou Suso - kora, vocals
Juldeh Camara - riti, vocals
Lin Diaw - guitars
Bassirou Mbaye - percussion: sabar, bugarabou, tama, djembe
Tafa Ndiaye - keyboards
Ibou Gueye - drums
Jobe does Gambia proud at Kora awards
Article from Daily Observer of September 6, 1999
Gambian musician, Badou Jobe, has been named Africa's Best Music
Arranger in this year's
1999 Kora Music Awards. Kora is the leading annual pan-African music
Mr Badou Jobe is the first Gambian to win this award. The award
ceremony was attended by Nelson Mandela, pop star Michael Jackson and
other distinguished personalities from Africa and abroad. The Kora
awards were televised live to more than a hundred million viewers
worldwide and was hosted in Sun City, South Africa.
Mr Badou Jobe's music career spans more than 37 years. He started his
career in the late 50s with Foyer band (Hill Street) and later joined
African Jazz. In 1968, he and his friends started Super Eagles, which
metamorphosed into Ifang Bondi, arguably The Gambia's greatest band yet.
Badou Jobe started as a plumber but quit his trade when he taught
himself to play the guitar in the '50s.
Speaking to Daily Observer yesterday, former band member Oussou
SÚnor Njie, said, "This is a very big achievement for The Gambia and a
big boost for our fledgling music industry. Badou's achievement was a
result of hard work and dedication. I urge young musicians to work hard
if they want to achieve what Badou achieved."
Mr Jobe has been living in Holland for the past 15 years, where he
still maintains the Ifang Bondi logo.
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