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Sousou & Maher Cissoko

An Afro-Swedish marriage made in heaven” “Their second album together is a pleasing acoustic Afro-pop affair, in which ”traditional West African styles are spiced up with international flavours.” Nigel Williamson, Songlines
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Since the release of their debut album Adouna (2008) and the second album Stockholm-Dakar (2011) they have been touring in Scandinavia, Europe, USA, South Korea, Senegal, Mali, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa, performing at festivals and stages like Way Out West, Sauti Za Busara, John F Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, Peace & Love Festival, Gwanju World Music Festival, Festival Sur Le Niger, and also supporting artists like Toumani Diabate and Amadou & Mariam. Their performance at Polar Music Prize Cermony in Stockholm City Concert Hall touched Youssou Ndour to tears.

Spring 2014 they released their third album ”Africa Moo Baalu”. Expressive singing and rhythmically rocking music define this unique and charismatic duo. With their groovy band they bring beautiful West African music with influences from reggae, mbalax, folk, soul and jazz closer to you.

Maher Cissoko was born to be a kora player in a great griot family in Casamance, Senegal, that has seen the art of kora playing being passed from generation to generation through more than 700 years. Maher has embellished the tradition and developed his own explosive and danceable style.

Sousou Cissoko, a singer from Sweden who is also one of few female kora players in the world. She fell in love with the kora at an early age and travelled to Gambia and Senegal by the age of 19 to study the West African mandinka and wolof traditions. Since then she has travelled many times to study kora, singing and guitar in West Africa.

Live setup Sousou & Maher Cissoko: Maher Cissoko — Kora/Vocals, Sousou Cissoko — Kora/Guitar Vocals, Andreas Unge — Bas, Pape Samory Seck — Percussion Johan Jansson — Drums + 1 crew