April 23, 2017

WELCOME TO KONTEH KUNDA SCHOOL OF MUSIC

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October 14, 2015

The School is built! Come stay at Konteh Kunda!

Ladies and Gents…..WE ARE OFFICIALLY OPEN FOR BUSINESS!
We are hoping for a busy tourist season this year in Gambia, and have already booked 2 groups in the fall months who will stay in the comfortable rooms, enjoy local cooking and culture, and of course be immersed in the beautiful Mandinka music.
Contact us through the site to set up your stay.

Images of the school coming soon!

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November 6, 2014

The Indiegogo Campaign is Live!

 December 19th is our deadline. Click on the link in Side bar to Donate. 

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May 22, 2014

Fundraiser on May 1st was a Success! Here is what those Dollars did!

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April 9, 2014

New stuff in the works!!!

Hey Everyone!

It has been almost a year since our last fundraiser, but Konteh Kunda is on its way. We are the verge of becoming “fiscally sponsored” through a great local Non-Profit with a very similar goal as ours.

We will be holding fundraisers shortly and will have news on that soon, as well as an update on all the work you’ve contributed to so far!

back soon!

Jali Steve

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April 15, 2013

Fundraiser this Sunday, April 21st!

My guitar student, Justin Schaefers is helping with a fundraiser as part of  his service project for his school. Come out and help us Raise The Roof this Sunday, April. 21st at Campo Fina in Healdsburg, CA.

Justin has recorded his first CD as a gift for donors, and there will be T-shirts and other music as well a silent auction. 3:30-5:30pm

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January 14, 2013

Welcome to Konteh Kunda

Welcome to the Konteh Kunda School of Music in Brikama, Gambia.

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.

Konteh Kunda School of Music has 3 main 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.

Last year Steve Pile and Jali Bakary Konteh, the school’s founders, raised $11,500 to begin the school’s construction through Indiegogo.com, an online crowd funding site. The foundation and walls were erected in March and April of 2012. This year we are trying to “Raise the Roof” before the rainy season kicks in, in early May. The estimated cost of this phase will be $10,000.

You can donate anytime through our Paypal donation link. We are currently looking to partner with a non-profit organization in our field to maximize our impact and to help our generous funders with a little tax write off. In the meantime we can offer you our thanks, or as they say in Mandinka, A Baraka!

We are all connected, and by helping to support the Konteh Kunda School of Music you’re helping preserve not only Mandinka culture, but the collective musical heritage of the world.

 

 

Meanwhile visit and LIKE us at facebook.com/kontehkunda.

A Baraka!

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