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Posted - 02 Aug 2013 :  11:55:51  Show Profile Send kobo a Private Message

Inspirational album-‘Kora Dance’ finally out

"The much anticipated inspirational album of Soto Koto Band entitled the ‘Kora Dance’ is finally out in the market. The album features-Jaliba Kuyateh, widely acredited as the master of the 21-string African harp known as the kora. The album, comprising powerful African rhythms and melodies blend with the vibrant horns of American Jazz musicians is a must grab piece. The album Kora Dance is a stage show of two hours with dancing and singing girls from The Gambia and an all-star band direct from Africa known as the Kumareh band.

It was produced and arranged by Oko Drammeh at the Soto Koto Music Label, Hollywood, USA. Renowned for being a man of music and king of the kora sound, Jaliba started singing in small groups and parties and at the same time attending school, playing kora and learning the trade of the music business in Banjul in the shadows of Ifangbondi Band. He found his way to Senegal and Guinea Bissau singing River Gambia kora-blues."....

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Posted - 02 Aug 2013 :  23:16:48  Show Profile Send tiramakhan a Private Message
Culled from

Seems The Independent has beaten the Observer on this scoop - albeit by the narrowest of margins.

Jaliba Kuyateh's "Kora Dance" Launched

March 9, 2001 Source: The Independent By Ifeh Udeh

It wasn't the very famous line up of artists with rap, dancehall ndaga, soukous singing and dancing style of launching neither was it the ticketing and cassette/CD selling type.
From the venue (Palma Rima Hotel), one will quickly imagine what will be offered by the tranquil tourists lodging home.

The stage and the guests seats/tables were set like it was a presidential reception dinner. Buffet of various western dishes was the item on top of the scheduled list.
At about 8.20pm distinguished ladies and gentlemen of the media began taking seats. The V.I.P guests took no chance in leaving any of their seats empty. They came in chains and filled their reserved seats.

As it was tagged a press dinner-launching, the total number of guests was about 50 - an exclusive number in an exclusive album launch party.
As the eating and drinking went on at about 9.00pm, Oko Drammeh, the chief executive officer of Soto Koto Music, after a brilliant introduction by Liberian-born lead performers, took the stage as the MC of the Sunday March 4 record-setting event.

In the midst of soft humours, Oko ushered is an appetising performance from the wonderful 'A' Team. With a dance that ended with the formation of a banner that bore "Welcome to Palma Rima Hotel" the dancers took a bridge of about five minutes.
They returned with a uniform dance and performance of Michael Jackson's "Dangerous" and caught the guests with a loud and continuous applause. Oko Drammeh took that ovation pause to present a D10, 000 cash award to the custodians of the Bakau Katchikally Crocodile pond.

From the same 'A' Team performers, a lady was on stage wriggling her waist, throwing head back and forth in a magical dance to the track "kele", the fourth song on the "Kora Dance" CD.
Palma Rima's 'A' team performers waved uniform magical dance they called "fire dance".

Oko Drammeh went on stage once more for another D10,000 cash award, but this time to the Kunta Kinteh family. Jalibah Kuyateh finally came on stage and performed (playback) three Songs; Pissali, "Aling Bundi" and "Kunta Kinteh".

The first number of cassettes duplicated by the Gambian distributors Kerewan Sounds were given free to guests.

The party ended at 11.00pm and it was all beautiful remarks from marvellously impressed guests like GRTS Tombong Saidy and Ebou Waggeh, The Independent's Alhajie Yorro Jallow, Ex-Observer's boss Sheriff Bojang, Pascal Eze, Radio 1Fm's George Christensen, Salifu Jaiteh, Miss Gambia, folk singer Musa Ngum, Champion DJ Lamin Cham, Ndanaan - Bis Matbou Secka and more.

"Kora Dance" album is a unique blend of Jaliba Kuyateh's cultural singing, his Kora and the foreign horns, drums and percussion.
Soto Koto Band featured Jaliba on the project.
The album is in cassette volumes one and two, and in CD.

The world is divided into people who do things, and people who get the credit. Try to belong to the first class - there's far less competition (D. Morrow)

Edited by - tiramakhan on 02 Aug 2013 23:21:03
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