Badema began in February 2006, when Gambian born Malang Jobateh visited Ithaca, NY upon the invitation of Nate Silas Richardson, known for his work with John Brown’s Body, 10ft Ganja Plant, and the Sim Redmond Band. Nate had been studying the music of West Africa for ten years independently, and for one year privately with Mamadou Diabate (who has since become one of the world’s most celebrated Kora players) and ngoni/guitar master Moussa Cissoko. After a week’s worth of recording sessions and gigs Malang decided to skip his return flight and stay to create this CD. The music is a fusion of Malang’s unmistakable Senegambian style and Nate’s wide range of influences, which have never before been rendered together in such a way. Badema is a Mandenka word for the One Human Family.
Produced by Nate Silas Richardson
Malang Jobateh – Kora, Vocal
Nate Silas Richardson – Guitar, Bass, Drums and Keys
Jali Jobateh – Djembe on Foreya
Buddy Honeycutt – Drums on Sara
David ‘Solid’ Gould – Bass on Mankinde