Senegalese musician Solo Cissokho plays kora, a string instrument from West Africa, and performs vocal parts. He is a griot – a special performer, storyteller and praise singer who transmits his African heritage through music. IndrėJurgelevičiūtė is a Lithuanian singer and kanklės (Baltic psaltery) player. She combines her native music roots with improvisations in different styles, taking the traditional kanklės sound in new directions.
Senegalese and Lithuanian folk melodies merge with spontaneous improvisations to create a mesmerising flow of acoustic music. The interlinking patterns of the kora and kanklės form a capturing narrative, as Solo and Indrė combine the warmth and playfulness of the southern hemisphere with the melancholy and peacefulness of the north. The combination of these two contrasting traditions offers quite a spectacular musical landscape in which their ancient stories share similar subjects such as nature and human connection and magic in everyday life.
The track “Damma – Gervė” has already won World Music Network’s Battle of the Bands competition. The albums is being played on the radio broadcasts in Belgium, Germany, USA, Lithuania, Senegal, Sweden, UK, Spain.
Solo Cissokho ( Senegal ) – kora, voice
Indrė Jurgelevičiūtė ( Lithuania ) – kanklės, voice
” The mix of Baltic and West African folk styles is an unlikely one, but the sound it creates is relaxing, thoughtful and oddly saddening, in the most beautiful way. When the strings play together, the styles mix beautifully with the different melodies and harmonies dancing around and between each other; it’s often hard to tell where one instrument ends and the other begins. ” Songlines December 2015
” Real musical communication without any feeling of imposed fusion.” fRoots July 2015
” Magic, spiritual and deep are the first words that come to the mind.
A virtuoso album for the soothing moments of calm and tranquility. Sometimes music is so simple in its effect! ” Gonzo Circus January 2016
Music tastes good, Long Beach (USA)
World Music Festival Chicago (USA)
University of Wisconsin (USA)
Lotus Festival, Bloomington (USA)
Viljandi Folk Music Festival (EE)
Leave us at Dawn, Slotfeest Het Theater Festival (BE),
Urkult Festival (SE),