Jake Dower - Kora Player

This young musician’s love of the Kora (21 stringed West African Harp) began when he was 8yrs old. Having dedicated his early years learning the traditional kora tunes, he has now developed his own unique style which incorporates elements of the traditional alongside modern western influences. He was born in Wales and returns regularly to perform there and is currently based in Essex. He enjoys paying for weddings and events across the South East of England.

In 2005 he met Toumani Diabate the Master Kora player from Mali, who became his teacher and mentor. In 2007 he visited Toumani in his home in Bamako, he returned again in 2009 with an Award from Welsh Arts International.  Whilst in Bamako he spent hours alongside his teacher and mentor improving his skills and embracing the culture.  He also had the great privilege to play with Toumani’s band at the famous Diplomat Club in Bamako.

He has collaborated with a number of musicians from Africa and from the UK. He has performed extensively in the UK and France, at Ronnie Scotts, at Weddings, Festivals and private functions.  In 2010 he worked alongside The African Community Partnership Group in Swansea, performing at the Waterfront Museum for Black History Month and later at Barry Prison.

He is also renowned as a skillful teacher and has taught students at SOAS, in private tuition and workshops and in schools.  For the last three years he has performed and taught at a number of festivals including Womad, Small Nations, Shambala, and Boomtown.

In 2012 he worked alongside Producer Mike Trim completing his first professional solo album. He also worked with Kenny Young recording several pieces for the Rythms Del Mundo Africa Charity Album, as part the APE Project. At present he is recording a second album with Mike Trim alongside a number of musicians from around the world. 

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"Thank you very much for your mail. Yes, the performance was very successful. In fact, it was a blockbuster. :) Most of the guests are still talking about the music. Many of the guests were musicians and artists and they truly appreciated both the instrument, the music and his involved performance. He was here on time, was turned out well and I will certainly be connecting with you and have been recommending your services to other people. So if you get a burst of enquiries from India, you know where it started. :)Thank you for collaborating." Nishant Radhakrishnan, Mumbai, India February 2016

"All went very well with the concert, he was a great performer and the audience loved it! All well also with the booking process. Kind regards" Simon Anckorn, Hurst Festival, September 2015

"Dear Geoff, thanks for your email. The event was a huge success and his playing was widely acknowledged and enjoyed. He arrived with plenty of time for us to experiment with the amplification and was kind enough to play on later in the evening. There was a simply beautiful sound as guests came up the grand staircase.
We would certainly think of hiring your musicians for future events and I will be recommending him to colleagues."
Best wishes, Debbie Soothill The British Academy

"Dear Geoff, just to say a huge thank you for organising Jake to play at our wedding. We were absolutely delighted with his kora playing. He was really fantastic; and truly helped to make it the special day we'd hoped for. There were lots of compliments from our guests about him for us, his music was the perfect complement and addition to our day. Thank you for making it happen & for all your efficient organisation on our behalf - it's an excellent service that you offer." Wedding Client, 2013

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