Sousou Cissoko

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participation in

  • WOMEX 2017
  • WOMEX 2015
  • WOMEX 2012
  • WOMEX 2010
  • WOMEX 2009
  • virtualWOMEX

Sousou Cissoko grew up in the southern parts of Sweden surrounded by music in a musical family.

She has been playing various instruments during her childhood and fell in love with the kora when her father was playing with the griot Alagi Mbye from Gambia in the early 90:ies. Since then the kora has had a defining role in heir life.

Sousou has spent a lot of time in the Gambia and Senegal learning to play the kora, guitar and to sing in Wolof and Mandinka as well as focused on the history of the Mandinka and the Jali culture.

Sousou was invited by the BBC Music Award winner Solo Cissokho to spend time with his family in Ziguinchor to learn their style of kora playing and there she met Maher Cissoko and they started to create music together.

Together with Maher Cissoko and their band she has performed at festivals like Festival D'été De Quebec, Nuits D'Afrique, Vancouver Folk Festival, Shanghai World Music Festival, Gwanju World Music Festival in South Korea, Sauti Za Busara Festival in Tanzania, Peace & Love Festival in Sweden and many other festivals and venues.

At Womex 2017 you are most likely to meet her in stand of Export Music Sweden.

Sousou Cissoko


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