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I Met Her By The River

by Dawda Jobarteh

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There is a quiet confidence to 'I Met Her By The River', Dawda Jobarteh's third album to be released by Sterns under exclusive licence from Dawda. Although his technique is prodigious, it's always subservient to the song. Although there are beautiful moments of contemplation, they are never saccharine or facile. With no loss of power or slackening of intent, and while still backed by long-time friends and stalwarts Preben Carlsen and Salieu Dibba, this new album is very much a solo statement.

The choice of repertoire reflects both Dawda's home and life in Denmark, and his birth and history in The Gambia. On songs such as “Karang Folo” and “Sidi Yella” we hear the Dawda who is grandson of one of the most famed kora players, Alhaji Bai Konte, and youngest son of Amadou Bansang Jobarteh, the favoured musican of Gambia's first president. Dawda is also a nephew of the now sadly deceased Malamini Jobarteh and Dembo Konte, the first kora duo to tour outside Africa, from whom Dawda learned so much and who Sterns first recorded in 1985.

Elsewhere we hear other traditions and styles that Dawda has effortlessly absorbed into his own. “Jeg Gik Mig Ud En Sommerdag”, which roughly translates as “I went out on a summer's day”, is a Scandinavian melody that dates back to at least the 17th century, and since being set to words in the 19th has become indelibly associated with the Danish summer. The multi-million selling pop of Adele's “Hello”, Mongo Santamaria's jazz classic “Afro Blue”, or the self-penned title track “I Met Her By The River” and indeed the social commentary of “Begging Boys”. Dawda is a 21st century musician who has made his home in a western nation and today travels the world as a professional musician. It would be absurd if this reality did not affect his music.

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released November 9, 2018

Dawda Jobarteh: Kora, vocals & sabar drums
Souleymane Faye: Vocals 'Begging Boys'
Preben Carlsen: Bass
Stefan Pasborg: Drums
Jacob Andersen: Percussion
Salieu Dibba: Percussion

All koras were recorded by Dawda Jobarteh in Daw’s Kitchen
All bass was recorded by Preben Carlsen in Around Studio
Vocals on Begging Boys were recorded in Daw’s Kitchen and Around Studio
Vocals on Sidi Yela were recorded in Daw’s Kitchen
Percussion on Begging Boys, Karang Folo, Sidi Yela and Afroblue was recorded by Mikkel Nordsø in Fifth Dimension
Percussion on Begging Boys and Firifiroolu was recorded by Jacob Andersen
Drums on Jeg Gik Mig Ud En Sommerdag were recorded by Thomas Vang in The Village
Sabar drums on Begging Boys were recorded by Mikkel Nordsø in Fifth Dimension

Mixed by Preben Carlsen & Dawda Jobarteh, Around Studio
Mastered by Antony Ryan, Red Red Paw Mastering

Produced by Dawda Jobarteh

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Dawda Jobarteh Copenhagen, Denmark

Reflecting both his new home and life in Denmark, and his birth and history in The Gambia, there is a quiet confidence to Dawda Jobarteh's third album. His music ranges from original kora instrumentals and social-commentary songs, to Gambian and Scandinavian tunes hundreds of years old. Unique and compelling. ... more

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Track Name: Begging Boys Feat. Souleymane Feye
“If the Talibé showered and put on nice clothes
Nobody will give him anything
If he puts on nice shoes
Nobody will give him anything

I’m not against kids going to the Quran school
But the little child I saw was not even 6 years old
The child you will see will be 4 or 5 years old
I’m wondering why
With clothes full of holes and with his dirty feet
Walking around hungry
The Talibé support begging”

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