Music

Suntou Susso Band

Saturday 22 January 2022

Suntou Susso is a multi-instrumentalist: Kora player, percussionist, singer and composer from The Gambia. Join him with his full band for a very special concert. Born a Griot in a 700-year old tradition, the Kora - harp-lute with 22 strings - is unique to the Griots of the Mandinka people. Griots have a unique societal role as oral historians, transmitting and preserving a people's culture through the generations in song, music and poetry. Suntou's family includes some of the world's most well-respected West African musicians, including Seckou Keita, Solo Cissokho and Sura and Mamudou Susso.

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Bar opens 7:00 P.M.
Starts 8:00 P.M.
Advance £12.00
On the door £15.00

10% off for members

Unreserved Seating

Tickets available from the Marine (Mondays and Fridays only), Bridport Tourist Information centre, online here, & over the phone on 0333 666 3366

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Suntou Susso is a multi-instrumentalist: Kora player, percussionist, singer and composer from The Gambia. Join him with his full band for a very special concert. Born a Griot in a 700-year old tradition, the Kora - harp-lute with 22 strings - is unique to the Griots of the Mandinka people. Griots have a unique societal role as oral historians, transmitting and preserving a people's culture through the generations in song, music and poetry. Suntou's family includes some of the world's most well-respected West African musicians, including Seckou Keita, Solo Cissokho and Sura and Mamudou Susso.

He’s collaborated with Celebrated jazz singer Sarah-Jane Morris, Guitarist Tony Remy – Ronnie Scotts, Ghazalaw Indian-Welsh fusion project on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 6, Davide Mantovani, kora and modern jazz fusion, Opera singer Pumeza Matshikiza – performing on ITV’s This Morning.


A key member of Norway-based ‘Kristin Asbjornsen Trio’, he co-composed and recorded a successful album, performing at Jazz festivals around Europe. As an acknowledged master of the Kora, Suntou was invited to perform alongside world famous Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour at the O2 in 2018. An impressive moment for any young musician and a seal of approval from the legendary artist.
Here in the UK he also performs classical Kora as a solo artist at sizeable theatres with orchestral productions and across the festival circuit including WOMAD, Hay festival, Beyond the Border etc.
In The Gambia, Suntou has a huge fanbase and has released successful singles and videos. These continue to receive daily exposure on national TV and radio.
He also runs fun and engaging drumming and kora workshops in schools, colleges and universities to pass this knowledge on to the next generation.