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Origin

Sénégal/Montréal, QC

Genres

African, International, Traditional

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Zal Sissokho

An ancestor of the first kora player in history and his brother Younoussa became, in the 1980s, the first griots to settle in Québec. In Senegal, the Sissokho family was among the most important representatives of the griots, who have transmitted the history of the Mandinka people orally for many centuries. In short, Juno nominated artist Zal Sissokho was predestined to sing and to play the kora. Born in Senegal, he has performed since age 11. At an early age, he also began singing and composing songs in Mandinka and in Wolof inspired by the West African repertoire. He perfected his kora playing under the stern guidance of a master of the instrument, Toumani Kouyaté. In 2004, he founded his own group, Buntalo, surrounding himself with Montréal musicians from West Africa.

The idea for a kora-flamenco musical project was born during a trip Sissokho made to Seville, when he first became interested in the sounds of flamenco. He was fascinated by the playing techniques of the musicians he met in Andalusia, and became set on creating music that would combine flamenco with the Mandinka culture of his native West Africa. When Sissokho was offered an artistic residency by the Centre des musiciens du monde in 2018, he approached Caroline Planté, a musician with more than 25 years experience — and one of the few women around who plays the flamenco guitar professionally.

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Toronto, ON

Amandine et Rosalie

Toronto, ON

Balaklava Blues

Canada/Ukraine

Begonia

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Bombino

Agadez, Niger

Born Ruffians

Toronto, Ontario

Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie

Sudbury, ON

Casper Skulls

Toronto/Sudbury, ON

Cassidy Houston

Sudbury, ON

Celeigh Cardinal

Edmonton, AB

Clay and Friends

Montréal, QC

David Laronde

Temagami, ON

Gurpreet Chana

Toronto, ON

Harvey King & The Grindstone

Sudbury, ON

Hezekiah Procter & The Hash House Serenaders

Montréal, QC / ON

Ian Tamblyn

Ottawa, ON

Judy Collins

New York, NY

Julie Katrinette

Sudbury, ON

Ken Whiteley & the Beulah Band

Ontario

Lemon Bucket Orkestra

Toronto, ON

Lex Leosis

Toronto, ON

Leyla McCalla

New Orleans, LA

Lillian Allen

Toronto, ON

Myka 9

Los Angeles, CA

Paul Collins’ Beat

New York, NY

Rabbit & Bear Paws

Peterborough, Ontario

Robert Paquette

Montréal, QC

Sharon & Randi

Canada

Spencer Burton

Welland, ON

St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Birmingham, Alabama

The New Pornographers

Canada

The Weather Station

Toronto, Ontario

Wax Mannequin

Hamilton, ON

Zal Sissokho

Sénégal/Montréal, QC

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