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Country Senegal Genres acoustic roots traditional Festival Sauti za Busara 2011
Bao and Sadio Sissoko were born in Senegal to a griot family. Following in the footsteps of the Sissoko family both brothers have been learning kora since the age of seven at first by observing their father’s playing as he was accompanied by their mother, a traditional singer. For a long while their musical paths were separated as Bao travelled Europe, while Sadio remained in Senegal. Finally, in 2003 the brothers came together again where both decided to settle in Belgium and establish the group The Sissoko Brothers - Les Frères Sissoko.
Selected to participate in Jeunesses Musicales, a program for the French-speaking community in Belgium, this allowed Les Frères Sissoko to perform all over the country and gain appreciation in their new country of residence. Since then most of their time has been spent in Brussels where they both teach music classes at MuziekPublique, however still finding time to tour regularly in France, Switzerland, and Italy.
Aside from the kora, both brothers are skilled in other musical instruments, able to improvise on guitar, percussion, violin and saxophone. Les Frères Sissoko mix their traditional techniques from their Manding heritage with various styles such as jazz, reggae, zouk and salsa. Although the main source of their inspiration is still their West African roots, these new combinations and instruments enrich their sound, with inspiration, improvisation and variety. Joined by Komlan Octave on percussion and Wouter Van den Abeele on violin this quartet is set to rock the stage.