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Country Sweden Senegal Genres acoustic fusion Website Festival Sauti za Busara 2007 Recordings
Solo and Ellika first met on the stage of a club in Stockholm in 1998. There, Senegalese griot music met the Swedish polska.
Solo Cissoko is a griot from a very long story-telling tradition; Ellika Frisell's music has deep roots in the wildly joyous story-telling tradition of Bingsjo. Together they make music where song, combined with the kora's rhythmical flow, forms a colourful platform for the polska.
Ellika and Solo have toured in the USA, Africa, Greenland and many parts of Europe. Their ongoing dialogue between fiddle and kora feels just as exciting and unpredictable now as it did on their last outing.
The new album, with the title "Abaraka! /Tack!" is a thank you from Ellika and Solo to their teachers and inspirations. The record, kicking off with a piece that Ellika learnt from her teacher Gustaf Pakkos, contains 11 fantastic songs, partly written by Ellika & Solo and partly borrowed from their respective roots – Ellika's rich Bingsjo tradition and Solo's from the Cissokho family in Senegal.With thanks to The Swedish National Council for Cultural Affairs