Transforming Communities

Jali Bakary Konteh

Kora - West African Harp

South East


Although the kora tradition has changed a lot over the last half a century, it has never stayed still. Like his father and grandfather before him, Jali Bakary brings his own personal touch and innovations to traditional songs with unique melodic and rhythmic arrangements. A hugely versatile musician, he regularly performs solo, as well as with his own band, Minyanta, and Balimaya Project – an emerging 16 piece collective who fuse West-African folkloric music and jazz.