Snoqualmie Valley Record


Renowned West African Kora player to perform in Duvall

February 12, 2014 · 11:48 AM

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West African kora musician Foday Musa Suso gives a concert, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, at the Duvall Visitor Center, 15619 Main St. in Duvall.

Suso comes from a traditional Mandinka griot family from Gambia in West Africa. His main instrument is the kora, a traditional West African twenty one string harp-lute. In the Mandinka tradition, the kora player is also a skilled singer, oral historian, geneologist and storyteller.

Suso emigrated to Chicago in 1977 and has collaborated with many famous American jazz and classical musicians such as Bill Laswell, Philip Glass, Pharoah Sanders, Jack DeJohnette, Ginger Baker, Paul Simon and Kronos Quartet.

Suggested donation is $5 at the door. There will be no advance ticket sales. The concert is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, ArtsWA (formerly the Washington State Arts Commission), 4Culture, and Northwest Heritage Resources,  in partnership with the Duvall Cultural Commission and the Ethnic Heritage Council.


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