The Amadu Bansang Jobarteh School Of Music Gambia's First Specialist Music Institution


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Amadu Bansang Jobarteh School of Music - Gambia's first Manding music school


We provide courses for overseas students who wish to come and study traditional Manding music and instruments. Our courses range from short intensive studies of a week, to longer courses that can be integrated with volunteering and working with the school between 1 and 3 months. The instruments we specialise in are Kora, Balafon, Djimbe, dance and singing.



We provide all the learning materials you will need to study at the school with us which includes instruments and equipment. You will have your own tutor who will give you one-to-one lessons on your preferred instrument, as well as access to workshops which include the whole school and other international students. During these workshops you will have the chance to try out other instruments which will help to broaden your overall exposure and knowledge of the tradition.


All our students are offered the opportunity build their own instrument to take home with them. During this process you will have hands-on tuition on how to build the instrument and also add your own design and patterns to the finishing touches.

Alternatively we can have a top quality professional kora custom made for you to your exact specifications. Koras can come with cases and additional accessories such as a tuner and set of strings.

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The School is situated conveniently in Kotu, a very central location which is a short distance from hotels, and amenities. We are working on being able to provide accommodation for our overseas students, however in the meantime students will need to make their own plans for accommodation. We are always happy to help advice on nearby hotels or guesthouses, so please contact us if you wish to find out more.


To book a course with us or to make an enquiry about booking a course please contact us. We will be happy to assist you and offer any advice you may need.
Amadu Bansang Jobarteh School of Music - Gambia's first Manding music school
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