Jally Kebba Susso & Manding Sabu [Griot, Kora, Afrofunk - GAMBIA]


GENRE : Gambian Griot Music, Afrofunk, Jazz, Rock & Blues styles

Gambian Kora Master & Griot Musician

        JALLY KEBBA SUSSO expands on West African Griot musical tradition with his band MANDING SABU – exploring AfroFunk, Jazz, Rock & Blues styles.

        In West Africa, a griot combines the roles of musician, storyteller, historian, archivist, diplomat and flatterer. You can only be born a griot, never became one. Jally Kebba Susso comes from a very long line of Manding griots from The Gambia. He started playing the kora, the emblematic instrument of the griots at the age of seven, learning it’s delicate flowing intricacies from his father and older brothers.

        By the age of 13, Susso was touring Europe with a number of Gambian stars including Baatou Askan Wi, Maslabii and his sister Sambou Susso’s group. Over recent years Susso has been experimenting with blends of traditional griot music mixing hip hop, jazz, blues and now funk. He won the best Kora Player accolade at a major youth conference in Gambia in 2001. Since relocating to the UK, Susso has performed at the Momo’s, Africa Centre, ICA, Passing Clouds and many more to come.

Debut Album “MALAYE WARR” available here.

Featuring an international line-up: JON SPEEDY – lead guitar (U.K), KYAZI LUGANGIRA – guitar & vocal (Tanzania/U.K), BUMI THOMAS – vocal (Nigeria/U.K), MATTEO GRASSI – bass (Italy) & JULES WEISHAUPT – drums (France).








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