Kora is King. In earlier times when kings ruled West Africa, the kora, a 21 string bridge-harp, was the instrument which accompanied the royal storytellers (griot). Now that the kings are dead or in early retirement the band has decided to sit the kora on the empty throne and to let it play with a joyful band of many colours.
After their successful debut in 2001 the unique Afro-Swiss griot orchestra KING KORA presents its new opus. Founded in 1998 by Gambian griot master Lamin Jobarteh and Aeronauten's sax player Roger Greipl, the nine musicians use their second CD "Bundung" to channel the experiences of an adventurous voyage through Senegal and the Gambia. Starting with the myth of the giant snake called Mini Amba they mix filigree and proud kora playing with straightforward, swinging rhythms, ranging from festive mbalax to laid-back Afro-reggae and pumping zouk. The tight horn section delivers furious soul and funk accents, taking turns with the moving griot chant. The arpeggios of the kora conjugates with the swing of the horns.
Prominent guests complete the line-up: The queen of Guinean chant, Maciré Sylla, contributes with her earthy alto voice. Urban soul timbres are introduced by Zurich newcomers Namusoke and Alina Amuri. And surprisingly enough, first class rapper Greis from Berne is featured as the myth teller.