Ndigal (Teranga Beat , 2012)
One of the most exciting African albums of the year is Ndigal by Karantamba. This sizzling group is led by Bai Janha, also known as “Sweet Fingers.” Bai Janha is an influential Gambian composer, arranger, and guitar player, who has played with Guellewar and the legendary Ifang Bondi.
Ndigal features Bai Janha with his last group, Karantamba, which is a school for young musicians. It is an unreleased recording, recorded in Thiès (Senegal) at “Sangomar” Club on August 16th of 1984. Ndigal includes an irresistible rhythm section consisting of West African drums, drum kit and potent bass, along with Bai Janha’s masterful bluesy guitar solos. Janha is a highly regarded guitarist, possibly the best in Gmbia.
Bai Janha is an iconic musician in Gambia. He was band leader of the groups Black Star, Whales Band, Fabulous Eagles & Supreme Eagles. He was also the founder of the group Alligators who later became the Guellewar. Bai developed a distinctive psychedelic sound in the region of Sene-Gambia, mixing traditional folk music with American soul.
Ndigal is available in CD and double gatefold LPs. The booklet includes information and photographs describing the living legend’s musical career and the fabulous rhythms and compositions of this album.
Ndigal is a totally addictive album featuring the hottest grooves of Gambia.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.