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Bubacar Jamaneh

b. Gambia. Jamaneh was raised inside a secluded Gambian town where the primary activities had been farming, angling and Islamic worship. He used music full-time in 1963 regardless of the vociferous protests of his dad. He initially became a member of Atmosphere Jazz of Bakau before becoming a member of the Gambian Law enforcement Music group in 1965. That group’s difficult discipline didn’t satiate his hunger for experience, though, and in 1967 he became a member of a Greek delivery crew. His moves then required him to Sierra Leone and Liberia (like a gemstone miner) before Spain and lastly Berlin, Germany, where he resolved in 1975. It had been while right here that he reawakened his longstanding desire for music, joining several groups, like the Afro-Combo, Banjulos and Jajang Rings, as either electrical or acoustic guitarist. Many achieved a reliable fusion of African and Traditional western pop, but without ever attaining an audience beyond Berlin’s expatriate African community. Undeterred, Jamaneh came into the studio room under his personal auspices in 1982, documenting his debut single album using musicians attracted from Vedette Jazz and Gulewar.

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