Artist Profiles: Malamini Jobarteh

Malamini Jobarteh was a jali and one of Gambia’s greatest musical and cultural icons. In the late 1970s Alhaji Bai Konte and Malamini Jobarteh toured Europe and North America. Malamini Jobarteh later recorded with Dembo Konte, Alhaji Bai’s son.

Malamini Jobarteh resided in Jobarteh Kunda, the Jobarteh family compound. There, he ran the Teramang Traditional Music School.

Malamini Jobarteh died July 31 in Brikama, Gambia.


Baatoto, with Dembo Konte (1987)
Jaliya, with Dembo Konte (Rounder, 1990)
Same Sun, Same Moon, with Rudiger Oppermann (1992)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV 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 albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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