21 December 2012

Gambia: Jaliba Kuyateh Returns From Europe Tour

After a successful tour of seven European countries, the Gambia's international kora maestro and his Kumareh Band, recently return home, with greater determination of further promoting the kora music to another level.

Jaliba Kuyateh , an internationally acclaimed kora sensation, still remain a prolific figure in promoting the 21 strings instrument through his vast experience, which has now serve as a foundation for many aspiring artists. With numerous accolades both home and international fronts, he continues to thrill kora enthusiasts around the world while at the same time showcase his vast talents to the wider world. As a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador, Jaliba chants and bring to the fore issues that can be inimical to the society while also using his sound to call on all to embrace peace and unity.

During his 2012 tour, Jaliba use the opportunity to performed and promote his kora music in more than seven European countries notably-Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, Germany, Norway, Spain, Finland.

In a recent interview with What's On, Jaliba explained that he was invited by the singing states in Europe and the invitees are based in Denmark, an organization called Bantaba. "We've performed in all these seven countries and the tour was quite successful. Also, we were warmly welcomed by the Gambians in all the countries we've performed.

He pointed out that the tour also availed him the opportunity to reiterate patriotism and issues that will gear towards the development of this nation before indulging into the program proper. He said developing this country is a priority to him, so he used his musical influence to remind Gambian in the Diaspora; particularly those in Europe not to forget back home and also play their various roles in the development of their beloved country.

Jaliba further lamented that he's ready to stand firm on ground in order to contribute immensely towards the development of Gambia's music industry as the country is well blessed with young talented musicians who has the potentials and the technical know how to raise the Gambian flag higher in the global stage. While urging Gambian artists to unite under one umbrella, he also assured them of his willingness to respond to their calls at all times whenever his service is needed.

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