When Healdsburg local Steve Pile asked if we would be the fiscal sponsor for a music school in Africa he co-founded, it was a unanimous yes.
Konteh Kunda Music School is located in The Gambia, Africa. They have three goals:
1) to preserve griot culture and oral tradition in Gambia by providing a space and financial assistance for passing on the rich Mandinka culture and music to the next generation of Gambians,
2) to help the prolific musical talent in Gambia in finding a world stage and to bring their music to the masses, and
3) to provide a school for foreign students who want to learn the kora, balafon, jembe, african dance, and any other aspects of Gambian culture.
Konteh Kunda is the family compound of the famous Konteh griot family in the Sanchaba region of Brikama, Gambia’s musical and cultural heart. Griots are hereditary musicians/historians/storytellers/mediators/entertainers/praise singers whose craft is passed down generation to generation, father to son, and mother to daughter. In Mandinka culture, the griot holds a very important part in society as they are the link between the past, present and future. This tradition is sadly starting to die out, and Konteh Kunda School of Music is helping to preserve this culture and history.
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