In late 1989, during one of their regular tours of the UK, kora kings Dembo Konte & Kausu Kuyayeh got together with members of the nigh-legendary 3 Mustaphas 3, English folk/rock accordeon maestro John Kirkpatrick, slide guitarist Ian Anderson and Sierra Leone guitar king Abdul Tee-Jay to produce Jali Roll. The album was not only a big hit on the African/ World Music scene at the time, its ripples have had significant and long-lasting effects on roots music making in West Africa. Now this hardkorabilly classic is back on CD with an extra track from the only live gig ever done together by the jalis and the Mustaphas.
released April 13, 2014
DEMBO KONTE – Kora, vocal
KAUSU KUYATEH – Kora, vocal
HIJAZ MUSTAPHA – Electric and box guitars
HOUZAM MUSTAPHA – Drum kit, percussion
SABAH HABAS MUSTAPHA – Bass guitar
EXPEN$IVE MU$TAPHA – Tenor horn, trumpet
JOHN KIRKPATRICK – Button accordeon
IAN ANDERSON – Slide guitar
ABDUL “ONE TAKE” TEE-JAY – Acoustic guitar on Madiba Jabi
Original Jali Roll album tracks 1-11 produced September/ October 1989 by Hijaz Mustapha for Fezco/ Rogue Records, assisted by Ian Anderson. Engineered by David Kenny at Ideal Sound, London. Originally mastered by Tim Young at CBS. Re-issue bonus track 12 recorded live off desk onto cassette at T&C2, London 10th Sept 1989, mastered by Duncan Cowell at Sound Mastering.