Alhaji Papa Susso  
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Concert photos (Slippery Rock University; 3/14/ 02) 

The background music for this site was recorded by Papa Susso.  We want to thank our friends at North County Public Radio for allowing us to use this recording. Visit their website to hear the complete version of this song as well as two other songs and an interview with Papa Susso.

For booking arrangements, please contact Alhaji Papa Susso directly.

In the United States and Canada:
Alhaji Papa Susso
333 East 181st Street, Suite 3-G
Bronx, New York 10457
Tel: (718) 365-1449
(718) 733-9338
Cell: (917) 349-4368

In West Africa:
Alhaji Papa Susso
18 Samuel Forster Street
Old Jeshwang, The Gambia
West Africa
Tel: (220) 439-4441 .



Alhaji Papa Susso, Master kora (African harp-lute) player and oral historian from The Gambia, West Africa, is available for visits to schools, university campuses and cultural centers in the United States and Canada.  Papa Susso hails from a long line of Griots (traditional oral historians) of the Mandinka people.  He was taught the kora by his father and has been playing since the age of five.

The kora, a 21-stringed harp-lute, evolved from earlier hunter harps used by the Mandinka people of West Africa. It said to have been invented by the Susso family.  It is the preferred instrument of Mandinka Jalolu (Griot), itinerant musicians, who were traditionally attached to royal courts where their duties included recounting the tribal history and genealogy, composing commemorative songs and performing at important tribal events.

Today Papa Susso is a goodwill ambassador  traveling around North America to share his culture with others. He gives both classroom presentations and formal concert performances where  he recounts the  history of his country and his people, discusses  the roles of griots in West African culture and performs the classics songs of the griot repertoire. Papa Susso He appears alone with his kora or with his ensemble that includes singer/dancer Tapa Demba, balafonist Bala Kouyate and his son, Alhassan Susso, on second kora.