Yacouba Sissoko & SIYA

Thursday Mar 13, 2014

210 Yale Blvd SE
Albuquerque, NM 87106

Phone: 268-0044
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Born in Kita, Mali, Master Kora player, Yacouba Sissoko hails from the Djely griot tradition. He learned to play Kora from his grandfather and his grandmother and mother were both reknown musicians in Mali. His ability to play a wide range of musical styles from jazz, to Latin and R & B bands to traditional African ceremonies, has made him one of the most in demand kora players in the world. He toured and performed with the 45-piece band, Ensemble Koteba of Abidjan for five years in the 1990’s and has since performed with Regina Carter, Baba Maal, Leni Stern and others. He has also recorded with Harry Belafonte and Paul Simon. As leader of his own band, SIYA, and a member of the group Super Mande, he continues to record with renowned groups like the Source, Tamalalou and Fula Flute. Founded in 1999, SIYA harmonizes the ancient practice of musical story telling on the solo kora, with the modern sounds of today’s musical instrumentation. SIYA was selected to participate in the Carnegie Hall Education program in 2007, performed at the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Conference in Baltimore sponsored by President Bush, and, in 2008 was selected with other performers, including Tracey Chapman, to play for the Robert Kennedy Foundation. Besides Sissoko on kora and vocals, SIYA is Rachel Therrien, trumpet; Moussa Diabate, n’goni; and Idrissa Kone, talking drum & calebasse (calabash). Yacouba Sissoko & SIYA will also perform at GIG Performance Space in Santa Fe, 1808 Second St. on Friday March 14, at 7:30pm. http://www.gigsantafe.com . $20/$15 Members & Students Outpost is a Partner of the National Performance Network (NPN). This project is made possible in part by support from the NPN Performance Residency Program. Major contributors of NPN include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency), the MetLife Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

See also: Four Up

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Yacouba Sissoko
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Descendant of the Mali Empire/Mandinka griot (a West African hereditary tribal genealogist, historian and storyteller class) and kora (a 21-string double-bridge-harp-lute) master Yacouba Sissoko is slated to do a four-day residency in the Land of Enchantment this week. In conjunction with performances and workshops at Albuquerque Academy, Sissoko will perform with his band SIYA twice while in New Mexico: an all-ages concert at Outpost Performance Space (210 Yale SE) on Thursday, March 13, and an all-ages concert in Santa Fe at GiG Performance Space (1808 Second Street, Suite H) on Friday, March 14. Both performances run from 7:30 to 9:30pm. Sissoko is an in-demand player on jazz, Latin and R&B stages and at traditional African ceremonies of our bright world, and his sojourn here in New Mexico offers a rare opportunity for deeper cross-cultural pollination of minds both young and older. Tickets are $15 for students and Outpost members and $20 general admission.

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