Jalikebba Kuyateh

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Jaliya Siiloo


The Kora coupled with the Mandinka songs is truly a wonderful experience. In the world where so much music is manufactured electronic noise, the music of the ancient Mandinka griots is a necessary alternative.


Jalikebba Kuyateh, the master teacher of the Jaliya Siiloo workshops, is a living Jali a highly competent and and experienced teacher. Jalikebba Kuyateh was born into the Kuyateh griot family in Brikama, The Gambia.


The Kuyatehs were the earliest griots of the Mandinka people and were the historians of the ancient Malian kings. Their rich traditions of the Kora, Balafon and songs have been passed from father to son for over a thousand years. Jalikebba a living griot, is an expert Kora player, singer and song writer. He sings the traditional songs that his ancestors sang at the courts of the powerful Mandinka kings centuries ago.


He is an excellent teacher who possesses the natural ability and disposition to draw out the talents of most incompetent and least talented novices.  His simplified teaching methods allow the novice of the Kora to play ancient melodies within a few days if not hours. He is a very patient and empathetic teacher who respects his students and supports their progress. He truly lives by his motto ‘The students success is my concern’.


If you want to learn more about the rich cultural heritage of the Mandinka people and learn the Kora from a professional teacher then enrolling on a course at Jaliya Siiloo will be a truly rewarding experience.


Experience the wonder of the Kora & Mandinka singing at Jaliya Siiloo.


Private tuition may also be arranged. 


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