The Bai Conteh Music School Gambia is one of the best music schools in The Gambia and concentrates on teaching and promoting traditional Gambian music to students of all ages.
The school is a non-profit making institution and has no political or religious ties believing that those showing true talent and commitment should get the chance of learning to sing and play music whatever their financial circumstances.
The main school is located in Gambia’s second city of Brikama and there is another school based in the more rural area of Gunjur in South Gambia. Their focus is on the students helping them to attain high quality musical training and also to enjoy the challenges and hurdles which come during music-making.
They provide lessons at both locations and also run a number of traditional music workshops in local schools to raise students’ love and understanding of music by providing a musical environment which is engaging and enjoyable.
Bai Conteh Music School Courses and workshops in Traditional instrumental Music
- KORA MAKING
“Sharing and keeping alive ancient these music traditions”
Founded in 2015 by Jal/y Yankuba Conteh and Katus Young after fundraising through
their Arts Council England sponsored UK tour
Funds raised from these courses enable the school to continue to teach locally
Kora, Balaton & Djembe lessons
1 hour D600
2 hours D1 000
1 day (4 hours) D1600
Learn to play and make your own Kora
5 day coarse D20000(includes your own Kora)
Traditional Singing, Dance and Cooking
12-4pm 1200 d (combined course)
Above prices are per person
20% discount for group bookings (up to 6 people)
“HOME STAY” BED AND BREAKFAST IN THE MUSIC SCHOOL ROUND HOUSE
Set within a traditional family compound with typical Gambian hospitality
1 person per night 700 d
• 2 people per night 1000 d
• Kids free
Day courses at the music school can include shared lunch of local dish
All music school courses are run in the typical relaxed and friendly Gambian style
with regular servings of “Atiya” (sweet strong green tea slow brewed over charcoal)
Starting at 800 d Please enquire for further details
(Transport costs maybe a dditional depending on distance)
On-site Kora lessons at your residence/hotel
600 d call out fee
Jally Yankuba Conteh is the son of Dembo Conteh and grandson of Alhaji Bai Conteh,
both world-renowned Kora players and Griottes. He has been following the family tradition since
the age of seven. As well as his UK tour he has performed in Senegal, Mauritania and Morocco.
Katus is an internationally acclaimed world folk musician who has performed with the likes of
Tinariwen, Donovan, Nigel Kennedy, The Levellers and Seth Lakeman.