Konteh Kunda School of Music

Konteh Kunda School of Music

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In 2018 I travelled to Senegal and Gambia to study the Kora. I stayed at the Konteh K***a School of Music in Brikama with Mafu Conteh and his family. It was an incredible experience to spend time with a family of jalis - a class of musicians, storytellers and historians amongst the Mandinka people of West Africa. I will never forget the warmth and generosity they all showed me.

Mafu and I quickly become good friends and we still keep in touch regularly. He is one of the most inspiring and talented musicians I have ever met, and allowed me to film him playing a few traditional songs in his own unique style. This one is called Famadenke.

If this music moves you and you wish to make a donation to Mafu and his family, please send me a direct message and I can arrange this (via paypal). Times are particularly hard for musicians in West Africa right now, so any amount is appreciated.
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The Konteh K***a School of Music in Brikama, Gambia wants to welcome you to come and stay and study West African music and dance. You will be visiting a traditional griot family on their compound.
Jali Bakary Konteh will be at the school during February and March 2017 to run Kora Workshops.
Hi everyone! I’m helping to organise a fundraising project to rebuild the house of the legendary kora player Alhaji Bai Konte in Gambia so it can be used for a place of learning for future generations as over the years it has fallen into dilapidation since his passing in 1983. Please check out the project and spread the word if you can, thanks in advance!

I met Jali Bakary Konteh at London's South Bank this afternoon playing the Kora masterful. What a pleasurable experience.
Dear Konteh K***a School of Music. We are truly inspired by the good work that you do do to promote Gambian music and culture and we are really to support you and work with you in every way. We wish you every success and blessing for the new year ahead.
Hey Karen Goff and Jali Bakary Konteh - let me know when you're planning your next trip over - would love to come and do some dance.
25th October 2014 - DON'T MISS
The First BRITISH Fundraiser and a great gig!
At The Rising Sun Brentwood CM15 9DJ
8pm - Live music from Jali Bakary Konteh, KORA KING, Margrit Hasler and The Mysfyts, great raffle prizes, CD's and T Shirts
Please bring your wallet and your smile
Have added the dancing Kora glyph to Musicman 1 at News Updates and Study pages..! www.musicman1.net Keep the faith...!!
If everyone that already likes this page, sends an invite to ALL of their FB friends, I just invited 1,362, this page and the fund raiser will explode with absolute JOY. Not only will the Konteh K***a School of Music build it's school, they'll be able to get more instruments and teachers. Are you with me on this? Ready, Set, GO!
Yes ma Bakary jalo UK number one kora star kaboom
Yes konteh k***a family with there future Great kora player jali Bakary konteh ma Boy Ma number one star

A Music School in Brikama, The Gambia focused on teaching and preserving traditional Mandinka music Konteh K***a is the family compound of the Konteh Family in Brikama, Gambia.

They are a “Jali” family, which means they belong a the caste of Mandinka musicians/storytellers/historians/praise-singers/advisors, which can trace its history back 800 years to the glory days of Soundiata and the Mali Empire. Alhaji Bai Konteh, found here on Wikipedia, was the first Jali to introduce the Kora to American audiences with stateside performances and his acclaimed, “Kora Melodies Fro

Operating as usual

03/09/2021

That was the biggest storm in living history

18/07/2021

And the mango tree fell on kitchen of the school

Photos from Konteh K***a School of Music's post 18/07/2021

Sadly, on Wednesday night in the big storm, the school was damaged in the high winds. Fortunately, none of the family were hurt. The estimated cost of the repairs is gb £3,000

03/04/2016

Konteh K***a co founder Jali Bakary Konteh busker by in London:-)

www.kontehk***a.org 14/10/2015

www.kontehk***a.org

Ladies and Gents.....WE ARE OFFICIALLY OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
We are hoping for a busy tourist season this year in Gambia, and have already booked 2 groups in the fall months who will stay in the comfortable rooms, enjoy local cooking and culture, and of course be immersed in the beautiful Mandinka music.
Contact us through FB or www.kontehk***a.org to set up your stay.

www.kontehk***a.org

Konteh K***a School of Music - Virtual Tour 05/06/2015

Konteh K***a School of Music - Virtual Tour

Hey Everyone! It's been a while! But there's been a lot going on!
Check out the progress we've made with this virtual tour.
(sorry its a bit shaky;-))
https://youtu.be/xdHIN5xZ92Q

Konteh K***a School of Music - Virtual Tour See (a somewhat shaky iPhone) Video tour of the (Almost) finished Konteh K***a School of Music. Remaining work includes a second coat of paint, along with or...

Photos from Konteh K***a School of Music's post 30/11/2014

These awesome pieces of Marmot gear are available for only $75 as perks in our campaign!
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/konteh-k***a-school-of-music-final-stages/x/303041

Konteh K***a School of Music - Final Stages - Indiegogo Campaign 30/11/2014

Konteh K***a School of Music - Final Stages - Indiegogo Campaign

Ladies and Gents! We have a long way to go, and only a little bit of time to do it! Please help us reach our goal of $8000 by December 19th! Lot's of awesome gift ideas for your holiday shopping are available!
http://youtu.be/H9gMmhwfHeM

Konteh K***a School of Music - Final Stages - Indiegogo Campaign Help us finish the Konteh K***a School of Music in Gambia, West Africa. Thanks to generous donations, since 2012 we've raised $22,000. We are only about $8,0...

Konteh K***a School of Music - Final Stages 21/11/2014

Konteh K***a School of Music - Final Stages

All sorts of Awesome Perks folks! Lets do this!
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/konteh-k***a-school-of-music-final-stages/x/303041

Konteh K***a School of Music - Final Stages Help us finish a Music School that will preserve culture, empower musicians, and improve lives.

Konteh K***a School of Music - Final Stages 09/11/2014

Konteh K***a School of Music - Final Stages

The IndieGogo Campaign is Live!!!
Please check it out here:
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/konteh-k***a-school-of-music-final-stages/x/303041

Konteh K***a School of Music - Final Stages Help us finish a Music School that will preserve culture, empower musicians, and improve lives.

14/10/2014

Stay Tuned! Big Indiegogo Fundraiser starting in the coming weeks! We're going to finish the school!

14/10/2014

Konteh K***a School of Music's cover photo

14/10/2014

Konteh K***a School of Music

May 1st Fundraiser Funds at Work! 22/05/2014

On May 1st we raised $2500 dollars to continue working on Konteh K***a School of Music. We installed the electrical wiring and started plastering the outside walls. Thank You, everyone!

Windows and Doors 19/08/2013

Along with the roof, we also installed these beautiful fixtures in the windows and doors. Now Konteh K***a School of Music is safe from the elements and intruders!

Raising the Roof! 19/08/2013

This Spring we raised $5000 to build the roof and build window and door fixtures for Konteh K***a. Thank you to everyone who helped with your generous donations!

Bamba Bojang (Trad. Arr. by Jali Bakary, Bai and Dembo Konteh) 18/02/2013

Bamba Bojang (Trad. Arr. by Jali Bakary, Bai and Dembo Konteh)

Bamba Bojang (Trad. Arr. by Jali Bakary, Bai and Dembo Konteh) Dembo Konte, Jali Bakary Konteh and Bai Konteh (sons of Dembo Konte and grandsons of Alhajie Bai Konte) perform the traditional song "Bamba Bojang" in The Ga...

Gambian Dalasis 05/02/2013

Gambian Dalasis

Brikama 04/02/2013

Ceremony in Brikama

16/01/2013
Music and Dance 16/01/2013

Music and Dance

Local Concerts 16/01/2013

Local Concerts

Experience The Gambia 16/01/2013

Experience The Gambia

Music and Dance 14/01/2013

Jali Bakary Konteh tunes his kora

30/12/2012

Konteh K***a School of Music's cover photo

Raising the Roof! 22/12/2012

Raising the Roof!

21/12/2012

Ladies and Gents, please check out the first few photos from the raising of the roof at Konteh K***a School of Music.

We are so excited to make this first step in putting a roof on the school.

We'll be fundraising to raise at least $7000 before May, when the rains start again. We'll keep you posted on events coming up early next year!

Building The Konteh K***a School of Music 09/11/2012

Building The Konteh K***a School of Music

Here's a video of the work we accomplished earlier this year!

Building The Konteh K***a School of Music Thanks to our supporters we were able to begin building The Konteh K***a School of Music in Brikama, The Gambia http://www.kontehk***a.org http://www.faceboo...

Music and Dance 24/10/2012

The Konteh family performing together

28/09/2012

Hi Everyone. Thanks for Liking the page. Over the next month we'll be rolling out the new website. Meanwhile this is the homebase for Konteh K***a. This is going to be an exciting year for the school!

The Pulse of the World (Documentary-in-Production) 21/06/2012

The Pulse of the World (Documentary-in-Production)

New movie trailer including Konteh K***a!

The Pulse of the World (Documentary-in-Production) http://www.facebook.com/ThePulseoftheWorld Music is the pulse of the world. This documentary (currently in production) explores the music and enriched cultur...

Building The Konteh K***a School of Music 25/05/2012

Building The Konteh K***a School of Music

Here's a brand new video showing part of the construction of Konteh K***a!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSB445XQXNA

Building The Konteh K***a School of Music Thanks to our supporters we were able to begin building The Konteh K***a School of Music in Brikama, The Gambia

From the Ground Up: Building Konteh K***a 2012 27/04/2012

From the Ground Up: Building Konteh K***a 2012

From the Ground Up: Building Konteh K***a 2012 27/04/2012

From the Ground Up: Building Konteh K***a 2012

From the Ground Up: Building Konteh K***a 2012 27/04/2012

From the Ground Up: Building Konteh K***a 2012

Music and Dance 25/04/2012

Canadian student Aben Wesley plays the kora while he brews attaya for the Konteh family.

From the Ground Up: Building Konteh K***a 2012 10/04/2012

Thanks to all of your generous donations, building of The Konteh K***a School of Music started in spring of 2012. The site for Konteh K***a is located in Brikama, The Gambia. The school was founded by Jali Bakary Konteh and Steve Pile, with the common goal of bringing global attention to the rich music scene and history of the Gambia, and encouraging Gambians to embrace and protect their own cultural heritage. We are currently looking for supporters. If you would like to donate to the Konteh K***a School of Music please contact Steve Pile via the Konteh K***a website.Everything from the planning to the building of this school is being filmed and included in the documentary, "The Pulse of the World."

From the Ground Up: Building Konteh K***a 2012 03/04/2012

Thanks to all of your generous donations, building of The Konteh K***a School of Music started in spring of 2012. The site for Konteh K***a is located in Brikama, The Gambia. The school was founded by Jali Bakary Konteh and Steve Pile, with the common goal of bringing global attention to the rich music scene and history of the Gambia, and encouraging Gambians to embrace and protect their own cultural heritage. We are currently looking for supporters. If you would like to donate to the Konteh K***a School of Music please contact Steve Pile via the Konteh K***a website.Everything from the planning to the building of this school is being filmed and included in the documentary, "The Pulse of the World."

From the Ground Up: Building Konteh K***a 2012 29/03/2012

Thanks to all of your generous donations, building of The Konteh K***a School of Music started in spring of 2012. The site for Konteh K***a is located in Brikama, The Gambia. The school was founded by Jali Bakary Konteh and Steve Pile, with the common goal of bringing global attention to the rich music scene and history of the Gambia, and encouraging Gambians to embrace and protect their own cultural heritage. We are currently looking for supporters. If you would like to donate to the Konteh K***a School of Music please contact Steve Pile via the Konteh K***a website.Everything from the planning to the building of this school is being filmed and included in the documentary, "The Pulse of the World."

Konteh K***a Benefit Concert 18/03/2012

On March 9, 2012, a benefit concert for The Konteh K***a School of Music was held at The Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa, California. Thanks to all the musicians who played in support of Konteh K***a: Chris Herrod, Cahoots, Daouda Traore and Friends, DJ Brian Taylor, Steve Pile Band, Neal Barbosa: Performance painter Thank you to all the local businesses who donated raffle prizes: Lagunitas, Guayaki, Siduri Wines, Bella Winery, Bellwether Farms Cheese, Marmot, VML Winery, Truett-Hurst Winery, Dry Creek Vineyards

Konteh K***a Benefit Concert 11/03/2012

Konteh K***a Benefit Concert

Thanks everyone for coming to the show on Friday! If you missed it, don't worry, you can see clips from the event online now!

Konteh K***a Benefit Concert On March 9, 2012, a benefit concert for The Konteh K***a School of Music was held at The Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa, California. Thanks to all the m...

Musician Pile spreads the music 05/03/2012

Musician Pile spreads the music

You can read the full article online! There are now 27 days left to donate to the Konteh K***a School of Music on Indiegogo.com. We are over halfway to our goal! With your help we can achieve this dream!

Musician Pile spreads the music Benefit concert to help Healdsburg man build music school, preserve music in Gambia

Timeline photos 05/03/2012

Press Democrat article about The Konteh K***a School of Music!

Konteh K***a School of Music -- IndieGoGo 20/02/2012

Konteh K***a School of Music -- IndieGoGo

Hi Everyone! Please help us raise $10,000 by March 31st to build a music School in Gambia!
http://igg.me/p/67733?a=303041

Konteh K***a School of Music -- IndieGoGo Help us build a music school that will preserve culture, empower musicians, and improve lives in Gambia, West Africa.

Local Concerts 13/01/2012

Local Concerts

Local Concerts 13/01/2012

Local Concerts

Konteh K***a: Walls and Gate 13/01/2012

The site for The Konteh K***a School of Music is located in Brikama, The Gambia. The school was founded by Jali Bakary Konteh and Steve Pile, with the common goal of bringing global attention to the rich music scene and history of the Gambia, and encouraging Gambians to embrace and protect their own cultural heritage. We are currently looking for supporters. If you would like to donate to the Konteh K***a School of Music please contact Steve Pile via the Konteh K***a website. Thank you to everyone who donated money to build this wall and gate. It was built in November/December 2011 and is our first step in making this school a reality. Everything from the planning to the building of this school is being filmed and included in the documentary, "The Pulse of the World."

09/01/2012

Everyone, tell your friends! Come "Like" us!

Konteh K***a: The First Phase of Building 09/01/2012

Konteh K***a: The First Phase of Building

http://youtu.be/eHP6U9oztI8

Konteh K***a: The First Phase of Building Thanks to individuals who made donations, in November 2011 work began on the wall and gate for the Konteh K***a School of Music in Brikama, Gambia, West Afri...

The Konteh K***a School of Music 16/11/2011

The Konteh K***a School of Music

The Official Promo video for the Konteh K***a School of Music!

The Konteh K***a School of Music The Konteh K***a School of Music is located in Brikama, Gambia. It is a "work in progress," started by Jali Bakary Konteh and Steve Pile, with the common goa...

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