Kane Mathis


Performing on the 21-string Mandinka Harp and the Turkish Oud, Kane Mathis renders compelling interpretations of these traditional musics. Kane began taking trips to The Gambia, West Africa in 1997 and has continued rigorous study of the Mandinka Kora. Over the past twenty years his performances have earned him recognition by the Gambian president, The Gambian minister of culture, and both national television and radio of The Gambia. Kane’s primary kora teacher was the late Malamini Jobarteh of Brikama, The Gambia. Kane’s Oud study began with Mutlu Torun of the I.T.U. conservatory in Istanbul and continued with 5 and a half years of courses with Oud virtuoso Münir Nurttin Beken. Kane is generating new works for both instruments as well as experimental work for electronic fixed media for film and modern dance. Kane is the recipient of many grants including a Chamber Music America award as well as an Earshot Jazz "Album of The Year Award"
  • Authenticity
  • Balance
  • Curiosity
  • Honesty
  • Inner Harmony
  • Recognition
  • Teamwork
  • Wisdom
  • Activism
  • Bibliophilia
  • Fitness-focused
  • Musical subculture
  • Traditional

Cultural background

  • United States of America


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Ne Rentre Pas
Nothing hurts more than being betrayed by the one you love. Going through the pain of a heartbreak, a woman wonders whether she can, should or will forgive... In West Africa, griots use Kora to tell stories of wisdom, at night under the stars. The beautiful kora translates the emotions of love, sadness, nostalgia, hope and doubts of our heroin, kept awake at night by the reminiscence of her lover's betrayal. The magical violins elevate the intensity and density of the song by carrying the weight her dilemma. The tale is told in French and in Lingala (Congo) and was recorded in Abidjan, West Africa, in the heart of the night...
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  • African
  • Traditional / Folk
  • World
  • Singer
  • Singer-songwriter
  • Kora
  • Violin
  • Congo
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Denmark
  • Mali
  • United States of America


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