Rarely do you see such a complete musician as Jali Buba Kuyateh. Born in Casamance, the southern region of Senegal, Jali Buba grew up living between, neighbouring countries, The Gambia and Senegal, now living in Victoria Australia. Jali Buba comes from a griot (hereditary musician) family, where he has played kora since the age of five.
Jali has appeared at festivals around Australia including WOMADelaide, The Melbourne International Festival, Woodford and Port Fairy Folk Festivals, to name a few. He was invited to perform with some of Australia’s top musicians including jazz legend Bob Sedergreen, guitarist Doug DeVries, and West African musicians, Afro Moses, and the Mohata brothers, as well as being interviewed by all the leading Australian radio stations.
Jali Buba Kuyateh has the ability to captivate an audience with a band or on his own. He’s a brilliant entertainer and to watch him play as he gets lost in his music is an absolute delight. He not only plays and sings, but he dances while he plays! He has many fans right throughout Senegal, Gambia, and now Australia, and he is recognised and greeted everywhere he goes by people in the street. He’s Senegambia’s, best kept secret, now residing in Australia!