The word 'musicianship' only tells half the story. Too-often assumed, rarely understood and seldom fashionable, it is a key ingredient in the story of Dawda Jobarteh's debut album Northern Light Gambian Night. Dawda is the grandson of Alhaji Bai Konte, the son of Amadou Bansang Jobarteh and the nephew of both
Malamini Jobarteh and Dembo Konte. In the world of traditional Manding music, in particular that of the West African kora, these are serious calling cards not to be taken lightly.
Today in Denmark, Dawda has found his home and with its long and fruitful relationship with Jazz, Denmark has found Dawda. Over the two-year period it took to record this album, various musicians passing through Copenhagen agreed to contribute. Thus in the early hours of the morning after a gig and some schnapps, you have Linley Marthe, the last bassist to work with Joe Zawinul, performing a fabulous solo on “Karang Folo”; or Shashank Subrinayam, sometimes flautist with John McLaughlin, recording his exquisite flourishes on “Nkanakele”; or Etienne Mbape who did it just for fun because he liked the music; or Maria and Marie-Line
Marolany, whom Dawda first saw singing for Salif Keita … the list goes on.