Ibrahima Cissokho & Mandingue Foly - Mandingo Afro-Rock
Born and raised in Senegal, but living in France since 2008, Ibrahima Cissokho offers a unique and authentic groove with his kora. With one foot in the traditional world as a griot, the other in current musical trends with amplified rock and funky melodies, his unique way of playing the West African instrument – which he mastered at an early age, following his family tradition – creates a new genre of mandingo music.
Ibrahima is a true artist, who hasn’t hesitated to seize opportunities that have made him a musician of uncommon talent. In his songs he pays homage to his ancestors and sings about subjects close to his heart: education, unemployment, solidarity and love; mostly in Manding, Wolof or English language. He is a charismatic performer, who knows how to work his magic on stage.
Ibrahima is surrounded by his faithful band, the Mandingue Foly, a savory cocktail of musicians, with whom he tours internationally. Their most important concerts and tours include Jazz à Vienne Festival, the Opéra of Lyon, Festival d'Avignon, l'Entrepôt in Paris and a tour in Senegal. They have released two albums, Solidarité (2010) and Yanfu (2016), and have a third one on the way, Liberté (or Mom Sa Bop in Wolof language) coming out in 2020, followed by an album release tour around Europe.
The band are:
Ibrahima Cissokho - voice and kora
Abdourakhman Fall - bass
Jérôme Bartolome - saxophone
Ousmane Seydi - percussions (African drums)
Trong-Hieu Pham - drums