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Saving 75 Generations of Musical Heritage

Gambian kora player Jally Kebba Susso comes from an ancient family of griots – storytellers, historians and musicians – that date their origin to the 13th Century.

He recently released his debut album, Malaye Warr, with his band Manding Sabu: Jon Speedy – lead guitar (UK), Kyazi Lugangira – guitar and vocal (Tanzania/UK), Bumi Thomas – vocal (Nigeria/UK), Matteo Grassi – bass (Italy) and Jules Weishaupt – drums (France).

“To be a griot you have an obligation to preserve a lineage… We’re like 74, 75 generations of kora players,” he told David Amanor from the BBC’s Focus on Africa programme.

 Source: BBC

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