Sousou & Maher Cissoko

  • Sousou & Maher in Stone Town

    Sousou & Maher in Stone Town Photo: Eirik Folkedal, Design: Farouque Abdela

Swedish/Senegalese couple Sousou & Maher Cissoko share a destiny shaped by music. Sousou grew up in southern Sweden and fell in love with the kora, a West African stringed instrument, when her father started playing with the Gambian griot Alagie Mbye at an early stage. Maher Cissoko was born into a well-known griot family from Casamance, Senegal, and learned to play the kora at an early age.

Winners of the “Best Newcomer” prize at the 2010 Swedish Folk and World Music Gala and “Band of the Year nominee” in 2011, the group’s music combines a variety of styles, influences, and techniques taken from diverse backgrounds and travels. Sousou and Maher’s latest album, Stockholm-Dakar, mixes traditional West African and Swedish music, spiced with soul, reggae, mbalax, and a pinch of hip hop.

Concert at Kennedy center’s Millennium Stage on March 6 at 6pm. There will be a program with Sousou and Maher at House of Sweden on March 12.

Contact: Sousou Cissoko
Phone: +46 761886878