Being crowned the King of Kora is a realisation of the Gambian music maestro’s dream. At exactly 2:30 AM London time, the joyous Jaliba Kuyateh was crowned the King of Manding’s 21-string mystical instrument in the city of Bristol, United Kingdom.
It was more than a joy to see Jaliba sat on the throne. The newly crowned King did not stop there. He looked around the room brimming with smiles, reacting to how his efforts to showcase Manding culture and the Gambia to the world has been appreciated to the extent of being showered Kingship title.
Kombo Sillah Association’s crowning of Jaliba was its greatest way of thanking the man who has demonstrated his love for his people, culture and the country, using the Kora to mend broken relationships, entertain people, promote culture and raise funds for worthy causes.
A retired British Medical Doctor, who is a Gambian in spirit, was given the honour to officially crown Manding’s greatest living pride. Nick Morris caught the attention of everyone in the jam-packed hall when he decorated Jaliba with a scarf, a ring and the Mighty Crown. Jaliba’s ever loyal fans soon fill the hall with huge uproar, clapping and yapping. The swetest moment left the New King’s two wives in tears.
Before the official crowning took place, Mr. Kuyateh entertained his fan with three of his songs, among them Biyaso which touched the hearts of Guinea-Bissau citizens who handed a flag decorated with Dollars to the Kora King. Guinean citizens’ action symbolises that they know Jaliba’s worth.
At the time of piecing together this story, Jaliba was entertaining fans as a Crowned Kora King in Bristol.
More details of the Coronation ceremony will be broadcast in our subsequent radio programs. Due to technical glitches, Kairo Radio was unable to relay the live Coronation.