Les Frères Cissoko Bannaya Family
Batuki Music Society and Alliance Francaise Toronto present Les Frères Cissoko Bannaya Family, featuring Noumoucounda, Sadio and Fa, multi-instrumentalists, masters of kora and percussion, they are the descendants of one of the important Griot families of West Africa and pay tribute to the tradition by giving it a good dose of creativity. Multi-instrumentalist masters of kora and percussion, they play with their instruments and their voices with dexterity and a disarming panache.
Legend has it that the first kora of the Mandingo Empire was created by the ancestor of the Cissoko brothers. Their father, Banna Cissoko is a virtuoso kora player and member of the National Orchestra of Senegal, and mother, Fatoumata Goundo Kouyaté, is a singer immersed with the Kouyate's own balafon tradition
Noumoucounda Cissoko's music weaves together his Griot heritage with mbalax, blues, jazz, hip-hop and rock inspired improvisations. His virtuosity and innovative approach to playing the kora earned him the titles, "Jimmy Hendrix of the kora" and "Hip Hop Griot'. Noumoucounda, was a member of the Positive Black Soul band and worked with Youssou N'Dour, Baaba Maal, MC Solaar and Stromae, before focusing on a solo career from which he released several albums.
Sadio Sissokho's nstrument of choice, the kora, was also the specialty of his father and many of his brothers. A multi-instrumentalist, he is equally comfortable on the djembe, sabars, tama and doun-douns. Fa Kaly Cissoko is a master of West African percussion including the djembe and sabars.
*Please note that
- Door prices include an additional $5 fee
- The member rate is reserved for Alliance Française Toronto members. Your membership card will be requested at the entrance on the day of the event.