Ablaye Cissoko

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Ablaye Cissoko
Ablaye Cissoko - Seminci 2012.jpg
Ablaye Cissoko at the 2012 Seminci
Background information
Kolda, Senegal
GenresWorld, world fusion
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, composer
Years active1982–present[1]

Ablaye Cissoko is a Senegalese musician, singer and composer, who plays the kora.

His show, called "Le Griot Rouge" (named after his second album), is about the legend of the man who has created the kora. During his performances, Ablaye Cissoko transmits with smoothness, grace and intelligence the values of a generous tradition and sings with sincerity about peace and the respect of the other. He plays all around the world — his tours have passed through Portugal, France, Belgium, Senegal, Mali, Canada, Germany, Norway and Russia, among other countries.

He has collaborated extensively with trumpeter Volker Goetze [2] and they have released three albums as a duo: Sira in 2008, Amanké Dionti in 2012 and Djaliya in 2014. Sira entered the top 10 world music radio chart on CMJ in January 2009.

A 2011 feature-length documentary, "Griot," directed by Volker Goetze, follows Cissoko, who is determined to preserve his thousand-year-old tradition. In the documentary Cissoko has a dream to have a thriving cultural center where children can come to learn the traditions of their forefathers.[3]



  • 2003: Diam (Ma Case / L'autre distribution)
  • 2005: Le Griot Rouge (Ma Case / L'autre distribution)
  • 2013: Mes Racines

with Volker Goetze

with Majid Bekkas

  • 2011: Mabrouk (Bee Jazz)

with Simon Goubert


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