Buba Badjie Kuyateh
A virtuoso of playing the intriguing kora. Originally from The Gambia, he is a descendant of a family of griots who are a guild of master musicians and keepers of oral history in West Africa. He was introduced to music and virtuoso kora playing by his griot father Kausu Kuyateh and uncle Dembo Konte. His mother, Tuti Kuyateh is a well-known Gambian singer. In his native Gambia, Buba Badjie Kuyateh is considered one of the most talented musicians of the new generation, strongly associated with tradition and influenced by new artistic movements, often penetrating his music through the inspirations of so-called Western culture. He is considered a master of the “African funky style.” In 2012, he set off for Europe: an important stop on his journey was Warsaw. Here, he founded the band Bantambo (a fusion of kora, funk and jazz) and toured with Polish artists such as Maria Pomianowska, Marcin Masecki, Włodzimierz Kiniorski, Michał Górczyński, Raphael Rogiński, Milo Kurtis, Stanisław Soyka and Sebastian Wypych.