Gambia: NCAC Mourns Legendry Kora Player Tatadinding Jobarteh


The National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC) has mourned the demise of the late legendry kora player, Tatadinding Jobarteh, who died in Brikama Saturday, 21st August, 2021 at the age of 56.

Mourning the kora icon, Hassoum Ceesay, director general of National Centre for Arts and Culture, who spoke to this medium in a telephone interview described Tatadinding as a legend who had contributed lots and brought positive changes to The Gambia’s kora music and music in general in the country.

“The National Centre for Arts and Culture (NCAC) on behalf of his Excellency President Adama Barrow and minister of Tourism and Culture Honorable Hamat N.K. Bah, Gambia Music Union and artistes in general, we join the Gambia community in mourning the demise of Tatadinding Jobarteh, who had contributed greatly to Gambia’s music,” DG Ceesay expressed.

In a sad mood, Hassoum Ceesay, also a great historian, said The Gambia has lost a cultural icon, ambassador and a great promoter of kora and Gambian music.

He echoed that the late Tatadinding during his lifetime had promoted kora and Gambian music both locally and internationally, “he attended several international festivals which included WOMAD (World of Music Arts and Dance) in UK, the Zanzibar International Film Festival (known as Festival of the Dhow countries) Tanzania and many other international festivals in which he showcased the kora and also promoted Gambia arts and music.”

Locally he also said, “until recently when he was even not feeling well he participated in the first Kora Awards held in Semega Janneh Hall which was meant to recognise the roles of the great Gambian kora players like Amadou Bansang Jobarteh, Alagie Mbye Conteh, Jali Yanma Suso, late Alagie Mbye and so on.”

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