Alhaji Papa Susso to appear Nov. 10
Date(s) - Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Alhaji Papa Susso presents the amazing sound of the African kora from this Master kora (African harp-lute) player and oral historian from The Gambia, West Africa. His ensemble of music and dance comes to us from New York.
Papa Susso hails from a long line of Griots (traditional oral historians) of the Mandinka people. He was taught the kora by his father and has been playing since the age of five. The kora, a 21-stringed harp-lute, evolved from earlier hunter harps used by the Mandinka people of West Africa. It is the preferred instrument of Mandinka Jalolu (Griot), itinerant musicians, who were traditionally attached to royal courts where their duties included recounting the tribal history and genealogy, composing commemorative songs and performing at important tribal events. Today Papa Susso is a goodwill ambassador traveling around North America to share his culture with others. In his performances he recounts the history of his country and his people, discusses the roles of griots in West African culture and performs the classics songs of the griot repertoire. He was a winner of the Hong Kong International Carnival in 2001, winner of poetry Africa’s festival award for music excellence in 2006 at the university of KwaZulu Natal in Durban South Africa, and winner of the international poetry festival in Medellin Colombia South America.
Papa Susso also will present a free workshop from 11:30-12:30 Nov. 10 at Kalamazoo College Light Fine Arts Building on the campus of Kalamazoo College.
Admission to this concert is free. Donations accepted.