& The Voodoo Sniffers

New album TRAVELING MEDICINE MAN released on March 3, 2023

Three years after the release of his critically acclaimed album Salone, Bai Kamara Jr returns with Traveling Medicine Man, a 13 track collection of blues songs portrayed in Bai’s unique style. In a descriptive, provocative and sometimes suggestive way, the tales of love, life, relationships, politics and innuendo are meticulously explored by the raconteur.

Traveling Medicine Man is the continuation of my introspective journey through my roots and my perpetual quest to make my two homes, Africa and Europe, coexist within me. The title was inspired by my maternal grandfather Tinka Tanner Kargbo, born in 1901 in the Northern Province of Sierra Leone. He was educated by Protestant missionaries and later traveled with them across the country to help provide medical care to villagers and townspeople. I was fortunate enough to have spent some time with my grandfather when I was still a child, and one of the things that fascinated me the most about him was his ability to reconcile his Christian beliefs with his traditional African beliefs and customs.” 

– Bai Kamara Jr

For the making of this album Bai brought his touring band, The Voodoo Sniffers, into the studio; these exceptional musicians contributed to Bai’s unique and evolving sound. With a percussive nature at the heart of the arrangements this rootsy blues is spiced up with an afro vibe, making you want to get up and dance more often than not.

Listen to Traveling Medicine Man

Album SALONE released on January 24, 2020

“My musical and artistic journey has now led me to this pivotal stage of my career where the Salone project (which means Sierra Leone in the Krio language) finally allows me to delve into my African roots and more specifically those of Sierra Leone, my country of origin. Never before had I had the strength to undertake this work.
Salone is also the title of my new blues and roots album, and The Voodoo Sniffers is the name of my new band. Although I was born in Sierra Leone, I have never played or made music in Africa. My first steps into the world of music were made while at school in England. As a professional musician, it was Belgium that gave birth to me. Though I was predestined to live my childhood, adolescence and adult life between the continents of Africa and Europe, the rhythms and sounds of Africa have always lived in me.
Artistically, the making of this album (where I played all the instruments and sang all the voices) was a spiritual, joyful, refreshing and rewarding introspection. I put all my soul and heart into it. As the blues has always been at the heart of my artistic journey it was the obvious and perfect vehicle to express my feelings and musical inspirations for this expedition into the roots of my African heritage.”

– Bai Kamara Jr

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Biography of Bai Kamara Jr

A warm, funky voice, but just as sober and intimate. Bai Kamara Jr’s music is a mix of soul, blues, funk, R&B and jazz influences.

Bai Kamara Jr, son of the former Sierra Leonean ambassadress in Belgium, who grew up in the United Kingdom and has lived in Brussels for over 25 years, is a committed singer-songwriter who reveals his African origins in his music. He has shared the stage with international artists such as Habib Koité, Cassandra Wilson, Rokia Traoré, was the opening act of Vanessa Paradis’ Love Songs International Tour in 2014 (25 dates) and June 2019 (5 dates) and sang in a duo with Dani Klein from Vaya Con Dios as well as being her supporting act.

Kamara’s involvement with NGOs has led to a collaboration with the world star Youssou N’Dour. Two of Bai’s songs were recorded by the Spanish director Paco Torres for the film El Vuelo Del Tren (The Magic of Hope). Bai is a brilliant composer who shows his very diverse musical talent in his five albums (Living Room, Urban Gipsy, Disposable Society, This Is Home and Mystical Survivors).

His CD Salone was released on January 24, 2020, on the German record label Moosicus / MIG Music.
This very personal and bluesy work marks a new stage in Kamara’s career and is reinforced by his collaboration with his new international management agency Zig Zag World.

He is back three years later with his new album Traveling Medicine Man on the German record label Moosicus / MIG Music which will be released on March 3rd 2023.

Members - The Voodoo Sniffers

Boris Tchango – Drums and Percussion
Julien Tassin – Electric Guitar
Tom Beardslee – Electric Guitar
Désiré Somé – Bass


They talk about Salone

Since its release in January, the album Salone had airplay across Europe, Australia & the USA and received many great press reviews. It was named Album of the Week by NDR Info Jazz, Radio Jade and Bongartz-Musik in Germany, Blues Album of the Month by the French-speaking Blues Radios Collective (CRB), as well as Sound of the Day by Rolling Stone France.
The French magazine also gave the album a coveted four-star review and invited Kamara Jr to perform a live session for Rolling Stones ‘In My Room’ video series in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

  • To be discovered urgently – Rolling Stone (France)
  • Hauntingly beautiful throughout…and strongly recommended – Blues Blast (USA)
  • A strong collection of songs with subtle yet excellently judged arrangements and production – Get Read to Rock (UK)
  • Bai Kamara Jr … simply made the best blues record of the past year – Lira (Sweden)
  • A great and powerful piece of music – SoundGuardian (Croatia)
  • Bai Kamara Jr deserves his place on the bill of the big festivals – Back to the Roots (Belgium)

Discography of Bai Kamara Jr


International Management & Booking
Zig Zag World
Tel: +32 2 537 25 25

Co-management & Booking Belgium
Vanessa Caestecker
Tel: +32 479 21 53 11

Booking France
Cashmere Prod
Jean Baptiste Prétot
Tel: +33 626 292 572
Kevin Hennekinne
Tel: +33 674 000 968

Booking Germany
Luzia Fecke
Tel: +49 2226 8924883

Booking The Netherlands
Monkeyman Agency
Kees Spruit
Tel: +31 497 540054

Booking Baltic States
Live Fest, SIA
Ojārs Grasmanis
Tel: +371 26511260