Bureh Bollo-Kamara

Bureh Maxime Bollo-Kamara is a Toronto based guitarist, composer and teacher of Sierra Leonean descent.

All though he grew up around a wide variety of music, Bureh didn’t pick up the guitar until his first year of college as an accounting major. The decision to start playing came after hearing the musicians in his church and through the encouragement of a cousin who had already been playing. After hearing the Band of Gypsies album (specifically Machine Gun) by Jimi Hendrix, he made up his mind that he wanted to make a career out of playing music.

Bureh started out by learning from YouTube and eventually joined the band at his church. He was also briefly the lead guitarist for a Toronto based Sierra Leonean group called The Palm Wine Band. Bureh got into jazz first through “gateway” musicians like Greg Howe, Robert Glasper, Richard Bona, Herbie Hancock’s Head Hunters and Snarky Puppy. These musicians led him to straight ahead players like Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino and Barney Kessel. The ideal next step was to enrol in York University’s jazz program.

Bureh is currently in his last year of his degree, teaching beginner guitar lessons and is currently a musician at All Nations Full Gospel Church. He is also working on his own compositions with the aspiration of marrying gospel, jazz, and different genres of African music together.

Bureh’s Jazzology Playlist

  • “SOS” – Wes Montgomery (1962)
  • “You Oughta Praise Him (Intro)” – Robert Glasper (2007)
  • “Alone Together” – Bureh Bollo-Kamara (2018)
  • “Like Someone In Love” – Ahmad Jamal (1962)
  • “Yardbird Suite” – Joe Pass & Niels-Henning Orsted (1979)
  • “The Way You Look Tonight” – Jim Hall (1975)

Bureh’s episode of Jazzology airs October 18 2018 and will repeat on March 7 2019.

Jazzology with Heather Bambrick airs Thursdays at 9PM.