West Coast African Music demonstration: Muhamadou Salieu Suso

The Music Department hosts Muhamadou Salieu Suso for a lecture demonstration on West Coast African music. Muhamadou Salieu Suso descends from a family of Griots, the famous minstrels of the Mandinka culture whose origin goes back to the 13th century. The artist will introduce the audience to the oral history and music tradition from The Gambia, singing with the accompaniment of the Kora, the native 21-strings harp. This is expected to be an enchanting sonic experience that will bring you into the heart of Africa!


Muhamadou Salieu Suso was born into a family of traditional Gambian musicians, historians, and storytellers that extends nearly one thousand years. From the age of eight, he was trained to play the 21-stringed kora (West African harp) by his father, renowned kora player Alhaji Musa Makang Suso. Muhamadou is a descendant of Jali Mady Wulayn Suso who is the actual inventor of the kora instrument. A master musician and composer, Muhamadou also has an established reputation as a Griot or djeli -- poet or storyteller. An official MUNY artist since 2007, he is a leader in the United States' African music scene. He has performed throughout Africa and Europe with various groups and is the leader of the Jaliya Kafo! Extended Family Music Ensemble. His work has been recorded solo, in variety of compilations as well as ensemble groups. In 2004, he and Kevin Nathaniel received the Parent’s Choice Award for the album “African Dreams”. Suso, on Gambian kora, was featured on the popular "Travel Series" (Six Degrees Records) "African Travels," along with NYC collective of DJs and musicians known as Organic Grooves (O.G.). Mr. Suso won the BRIO award (Bronx Recognizes Its Own) award in 2007 for instrumental music from the Bronx Council on the Arts.  

Date: Wednesday October 30, 2013

Time: 11:15 a.m. - 12:40 p.m. (common hour)

Location: Helene Fortunoff Theatre (Monroe Hall)

Sponsored by D’Addario Music Appreciation Initiative



Wednesday, October 30, 2013



Fortunoff Theater
Monroe Lecture Center
Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549


Dr. Cassio
Phone: 516-463-5533

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