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DAWDA JOBARTEH: kora & vocals
STEFAN PASBORG: drums, tuned gongs & background vocals

This is a meeting between two gentlemen from two different music cultures, and from two different continents. Together they create a melting-pot of styles mixed together into an output based on their mutual love for strong rhythmical shapes, beautiful melodies and the pure energy in music. Each of them brings compositions from their past and present, and the result is this powerful and unique release!

For two consecutive months in 2016, Pasborg/Jobarteh "DUO" appeared on the list of 'Recommended new releases' from all over the world in the finest American magazine "New York City Jazz Record".


”Dawda Jobarteh and Stefan Pasborg’s Duo is unique on more than one level…Duo is an album that is beyond genre and at times quite far-reaching. The emotionally and electrically charged cover pieces are aggressive, shifting and challenging as they deconstruct sound and create an organic alternative to conventional expectations. The more customary pieces still manage to merge African tradition, world-beat percussion and unusual instrumentation to produce a fundamentally innovative and expressively stimulating sound’’ – All About Jazz, USA.

***** ”Charles Mingus’ “Better Get Hit in Your Soul” or Don Cherry’s “Mopti” never sounded so much charged with infectious-intense, driving dance rhythm. Jobarteh sound on both pieces as a proficient guitarist coming from the school of Sonny Sharrock, adding to the kora distortion and fuzzy effects, while Pasborg plays with his usual powerful manner and the two sound as a single massive group’’ – The Free Jazz Collective, USA

****** ”If you are experiencing now or read on the cover that the duo of two exclusively of percussion and kora (West African harp bridge) is, you are probably deterred – be – or at least a little disinterested. But that would be very unfortunate, because the music has to offer this exciting CD, you will be able to introduce barely adequate’’ – Nordische Klang, Germany

”Ikke siden Jimi Hendrix og Sonny Sharrock har jeg hørt noget lignende! Der er ikke noget at rafle om. Disse to herrer fra henholdsvis Gambia og Danmark rammer en åre fyldt med power…en veldisponeret suite med en fantastisk dialog mellem de to ‘soul brothers’. Det anbefales at skrue pænt højt op for volumen ved første gennemlytning, der næppe bliver den sidste’’
– Jazz Special, DK

**** ”Det er en karismatisk duo, der med albummet DUO har slået pjalterne sammen…Begge betvinger deres instrumenter som mestre, og begge mestrer deres foretrukne genrer…Alene derfor er der tale om et usædvanlig interessant samspil. For mødet mellem de to kapaciteter – og mødet mellem deres respektive genrer – baner helt nye stier i musikkens verden…DUO er i enhver forstand forrygende og fascinerende’’ – Gaffa, DK

”Jobartehs trommebaggrund og Pasborgs helt-oppe-på-beatet trommespil giver en rytmisk medrivende plade. Jobarteh tilsætter koraen flere effekter, så den både forvrænger og til tider lyder mere hen ad en elektrisk guitar. Pladen er aldrig stillestående og tager lytterne med ud over stepperne’’ – Jazz Nyt, DK