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Born into a family of traditional African jalis (musician-historians), Salieu Suso began training on the 21-stringed kora at the age of 8, and began his professional career by the age of fifteen. He has performed widely throughout the U.S., Africa and Europe, and is known for his diverse range of musical collaborations.
In 2003 he ventured into an exciting exploration of African and Afro-Cuban rhythms with three master percussionists: Benny Arocho (bata, bugarabu, Thai klong yaw); Olympia Ward (chekere, conga, jembe); and John Ward (jembe).
One of Salieu Suso’s songs, “Sidi Yellah” was featured on the album Badenya: Manden Jaliya in New York City, a compilation of Manden and Mandinka Music by musicians in New York City (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings, 2001)
Salieu composed Tootie’s Last Suit, the soundtrack to a documentary film.
Kora or Cora (francophone) is a 21-string instrument originally from West Africa, the Gambia. the closest to the western harp instrument. kora is built with calabash, rosewood, cow hide and fishing lines as strings, creating melodious tunes that gives you serenity.
Jali's life is based on edutainment. a composer and arranger of music and musicians for entertainment and teaching of west African music and culture. Salieu is master kora player and leading instrumentalist at
the Jali kunda school of Music, started by myself
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