The Observer (Kampala)

21 February 2013

Uganda: Sousou and Maher Cissoko in Kampala

Fans of world music are in for a treat this evening at Mish Mash when Sousou and Maher Cissoko ascend the stage.

After exciting the crowd at Sauti Za Busara festival in Zanzibar, the duo will bring From Stockholm to Dakar, their second album, to rock Kampala tonight. Joining them on stage will be our very own world music ambassador Joel Sebunjo, performing live with his kora (a West African harp).

Released in 2011, the album features songs in Mandinka, Swedish, Wolof and English accompanied by kora, guitars and percussions, creating a unique blend of reggae, mbalax, pop and blues influences.

Jangfata featuring Timbuktu (Swedish rapper), Bamba and Come Closer are some of the popular singles off this album that is a mix of traditional West African and Swedish sounds. The duo is also a couple. Sousou who grew up in south Sweden, and Maher from southern Senegal, are married and make music together.

Sousou is the son of legendary kora master Solo Cissoko, winner of numerous awards including the BBC World Music award. This is their first performance in Uganda and entrance is Shs 30,000 only.

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