Special Performance: Fode Sissoko of Senegal – Saturday, October 13th, 2:00-3:00 PM

1013 Sat 200 Fode Sissoko sq

Fode Sissoko is a master drummer, Kora player, composer and choreographer from Senegal, West Africa.  He is the grandson of Soundioulou Cissokho, known as king of the Kora and most renowned master in all of West Africa.

An acknowledged master himself, Fode performed with Baba Olatunji for 9 years.  He began playing the Kora at age 5 and by 8 was playing the Djembe and Dun Dun Drums. Currently on tour, Fode has toured Africa, Europe and the United States. 

He is the founder of Fakoli Dance & Drum, an educational organization of music, drum, dance, and cultural exchange.  Fakoli means “the ancestor” in Mandinko, Fode’s native language.

Fakoli engages in folkloric performances in full costume with traditional music and dance or as a band, “Fakoli” an Afro pop group of original Mandinko music.  Fode is available for educational trips to Senegal, where students are immersed in the music, language and atmosphere of traditional African culture.  Fode teaches ongoing classes and workshops in drum, dance, kora, and song.  Fode is also teaches master classes, workshops and repairs and sells drum and other African instruments.