Connecting

Cultures

Through

Rhythm

Discover King Marong’s dynamic rhythms, blending traditional West African percussion with contemporary influences for a captivating cultural exchange.

Connecting

Cultures

Through

Rhythm

Solo Performance

Book King Marong for your event and enjoy an unforgettable experience, filled with the pulsating rhythms of traditional West African music. King’s performance involves everyone in an interactive show filled with passion and energy.

King Marong can attend your event equipped with drums, instruments and hand percussion and transform it into a jumping party. Featuring a variety of traditional West African instruments, King plays and sings and includes the audience in an interactive show. Perfect for parties for adults and children alike! 

Kora Duet

Experience the soothing melodies of the Kora, a 21-string West African harp, undeniably one of the most beautiful components of West African music. Its intricate melodies captivate the soul and it is perfect as both a featured performance and as ambient accompaniment.

For the past 7 years King Marong has worked closely with the very few Kora players based locally and we are very proud to offer you this rare and unique entertainment experience. Playing the traditional music of The Gambia, West Africa and telling stories that date back thousands of years this beautiful ensemble has been a very popular feature of festivals, gallery openings and is perfect for weddings and special events.

vibrant

soulful

rhythmic

captivating

dynamic

One Africa

Acoustic African Duo/Trio

One Africa is a beautiful collaboration between well-known African artists King Marong (Gambia) and Lamine Sonko (Senegal).

Both King and Lamine share a similar musical heritage rooted in the ancient Mandinka traditions of West Africa and have performed extensively around the world with their respective groups, now combining their extraordinary talents in this engaging ensemble.

Photo: Wendy Collings / Many Hands Lighting

A Melodic Fusion
of Continents

Fusing traditional West African culture with contemporary Australian influences, One Africa creates a hypnotically soulful repertoire of original songs. Providing the rhythm and groove, King Marong has been performing professionally since the age of 12 and since arriving in Australia in 1998, has built a reputation as a master of many African drumming styles and instruments. Providing vocals, guitar and dance, Lamine hails from a famous Senegalese griot musical family and has performed internationally alongside such greats as Youssou Ndour.

Since arriving in Australia Lamine has discovered a love for guitar and song writing and brings his new found talents to life in One Africa. The duo has recently been joined by talented Australian artist Bec Matthews on Kora (West African harp) and vocals.

Featuring a stage performance that is diverse and interactive take the journey and let yourself be captivated by the music, stories and dance of One Africa.

Photo: Wendy Collings / Many Hands Lighting

SAFARA

Experience the authentic African flavour of SAFARA, an acoustic percussion-based group delivering traditional Senegambian songs and dances. Witness dynamic tribal rhythms and stunning dance routines in bright traditional costume, an original representation of the diverse ceremonies from Senegal and The Gambia.

A 3-10 piece traditional West African drum and dance ensemble, stage performance, and roving act featuring bright traditional costume and incorporating vocals, djembe, doun doun, sabar (style of drumming unique to Senegambia) and kora in a spiritually inspiring repertoire of dynamic tribal rhythms and visually stunning dance routines specific to Senegal and The Gambia.

Experience the authentic and original African flavour of SAFARA at your next event.

This year we were treated to afrobeat-jazz-funk-reggae outfit, Afro Mandiko. And what a treat it was! Traditional songs from The Gambia, Senegal and Ghana were modernised and reworked into tight funky dance arrangements. Combined with their energetic stage presence and lots of audience participation, their set was a standout.

Daryl Langford

Committee Member
Globe to Globe Music Festival

Afro Mandinko

9 piece contemporary
West African dance band

Experience King Marong and Afro Mandinko’s Afrobeat explosion. Their mix of Gambian highlife and Saharan blues energises the Australian music scene. Merging traditional West African rhythms with Western influences, they craft a vibrant dance music blend of afrobeat, funk, Latin, reggae, and jazz.

Pioneering Afrobeat
in Australia

This energetic ensemble of Australia’s top musicians and Melbourne-based West African artists, including members of Gambian National Troupe, Senegalese National Ballet, and Ghanaian National Dance Ensemble, captivates with their unique sound. Their engaging performance featuring traditional costumes has been a standout at festivals like Port Fairy Folk Festival, St Kilda Fest, and Brisbane International Festival and Apollo Bay Music Festival.

Featuring bright traditional costume and an ever evolving stage show, Afro Mandinko is an audio-visual feast that no one should resist!

Discover King Marong’s dynamic rhythms, blending traditional West African percussion with contemporary influences for a captivating cultural exchange.

Solo Performance

Book King Marong for your event and enjoy an unforgettable experience, filled with the pulsating rhythms of traditional West African music. King’s performance involves everyone in an interactive show filled with passion and energy.

King Marong can attend your event equipped with drums, instruments and hand percussion and transform it into a jumping party. Featuring a variety of traditional West African instruments, King plays and sings and includes the audience in an interactive show. Perfect for parties for adults and children alike!

Kora Duet

Experience the soothing melodies of the Kora, a 21-string West African harp, undeniably one of the most beautiful components of West African music. Its intricate melodies captivate the soul and it is perfect as both a featured performance and as ambient accompaniment.

For the past 7 years King Marong has worked closely with the very few Kora players based locally and we are very proud to offer you this rare and unique entertainment experience. Playing the traditional music of The Gambia, West Africa and telling stories that date back thousands of years this beautiful ensemble has been a very popular feature of festivals, gallery openings and is perfect for weddings and special events.

vibrant

soulful

rhythmic

captivating

dynamic

One Africa

Acoustic African Duo/Trio

One Africa is a beautiful collaboration between well-known African artists King Marong (Gambia) and Lamine Sonko (Senegal).

Both King and Lamine share a similar musical heritage rooted in the ancient Mandinka traditions of West Africa and have performed extensively around the world with their respective groups, now combining their extraordinary talents in this engaging ensemble.

Photo: Wendy Collings / Many Hands Lighting

A Melodic Fusion
of Continents

Fusing traditional West African culture with contemporary Australian influences, One Africa creates a hypnotically soulful repertoire of original songs.

Providing the rhythm and groove, King Marong has been performing professionally since the age of 12 and since arriving in Australia in 1998, has built a reputation as a master of many African drumming styles and instruments. Providing vocals, guitar and dance, Lamine hails from a famous Senegalese griot musical family and has performed internationally alongside such greats as Youssou Ndour.

Since arriving in Australia Lamine has discovered a love for guitar and song writing and brings his new found talents to life in One Africa. The duo has recently been joined by talented Australian artist Bec Matthews on Kora (West African harp) and vocals.

Featuring a stage performance that is diverse and interactive take the journey and let yourself be captivated by the music, stories and dance of One Africa.

Photo: Wendy Collings / Many Hands Lighting

SAFARA

A 3-10 piece traditional West African
drum and dance ensemble

Experience the authentic African flavour of SAFARA, an acoustic percussion-based group delivering traditional Senegambian songs and dances. Witness dynamic tribal rhythms and stunning dance routines in bright traditional costume, an original representation of the diverse ceremonies from Senegal and The Gambia.

A 3-10 piece traditional West African drum and dance ensemble, stage performance, and roving act featuring bright traditional costume and incorporating vocals, djembe, doun doun, sabar (style of drumming unique to Senegambia) and kora in a spiritually inspiring repertoire of dynamic tribal rhythms and visually stunning dance routines specific to Senegal and The Gambia.

Experience the authentic and original African flavour of SAFARA at your next event.

This year we were treated to afrobeat-jazz-funk-reggae outfit, Afro Mandiko. And what a treat it was! Traditional songs from The Gambia, Senegal and Ghana were modernised and reworked into tight funky dance arrangements. Combined with their energetic stage presence and lots of audience participation, their set was a standout.

Daryl Langford

Committee Member
Globe to Globe Music Festival

Afro Mandinko

9 piece contemporary
West African dance band

Experience the Afrobeat explosion of King Marong and his band, Afro Mandinko. Their unique blend of Gambian highlife and Saharan Desert blues breathes fresh life into the Australian music scene. Fusing traditional West African rhythms with Western styles, they create a vibrant dance music mix of afrobeat, funk, latin, reggae, and jazz.

This energetic ensemble of Australia’s top musicians and Melbourne-based West African artists, including members of Gambian National Troupe, Senegalese National Ballet, and Ghanaian National Dance Ensemble, captivates with their unique sound. Their engaging performance featuring traditional costumes has been a standout at festivals like Port Fairy Folk Festival, St Kilda Fest, and Brisbane International Festival and Apollo Bay Music Festival.

Featuring bright traditional costume and an ever evolving stage show, this is an audio-visual feast that no one should resist!

Pioneering Afrobeat
in Australia

This energetic ensemble of Australia’s top musicians and Melbourne-based West African artists, including members of Gambian National Troupe, Senegalese National Ballet, and Ghanaian National Dance Ensemble, captivates with their unique sound.

Their engaging performance featuring traditional costumes has been a standout at festivals like Port Fairy Folk Festival, St Kilda Fest, and Brisbane International Festival and Apollo Bay Music Festival.

Featuring bright traditional costume and an ever evolving stage show, Afro Mandinko is an audio-visual feast that no one should resist!

Frequently Asked Questions

Got questions about our workshops, classes, or programs? 

Check out our FAQ section below for answers to your most common questions.

Can King Marong perform at private events?

Yes, King Marong offers solo performances that are perfect for both adult and children’s parties. His music is interactive and transforms any event into an engaging party.

What does the King Marong Kora Duet performance entail?

The King Marong Kora Duet features the enchanting melodies of the Kora, a 21-string West African harp. Playing the traditional music of The Gambia, West Africa, this performance is a unique entertainment experience that tells stories dating back thousands of years. It’s perfect for weddings, gallery openings, and special events.

Who are the other artists in the One Africa group?

One Africa is a collaboration between renowned African artists King Marong and Lamine Sonko, joined by talented Australian artist Bec Matthews. Together, they create a hypnotically soulful repertoire of original songs that blend traditional West African culture with contemporary Australian influences.

What is unique about the SAFARA performance group?

SAFARA is an acoustic, percussion-based group that delivers traditional Senegambian songs and dances. The performance includes dynamic tribal rhythms, stunning dance routines, and bright traditional costumes, representing the diverse ceremonies from Senegal and The Gambia.

Can I watch AFRO MANDINKO perform live?

Absolutely! You can catch AFRO MANDINKO’s high-energy grooves at various festivals and events. Keep an eye on our ‘Gigs and Tours’ section for updates on upcoming performances.

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