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Kora player Solo Cissokho dies

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Senegambian kora player,Solo Cissokho has died in Oslo, Norway multiple sources confirmed to The Standard. An award-winning Senegalese kora maestro, Solo has found a musical home in Norway, and established a base from which he traveled extensively in order to expand and explore the sonic possibilities of his long-necked African harp.

He’s received the BBC World Music Awards, nominated to the Nordic Council’s Music Prize, released hailed albums, played with Youssou N’Dour and Ali Farka Touré and toured relentlessly in Norway and abroad. Oslo-based Solo Cissokho has come a long way since he built his first kora at the age of seven.

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Solo Cissokho, believed to be a son of the late Kora legend Sunjulu Cissokho, belonged to the Mandinka people and hailed from Ziguinchor in the Casamance district, and was born into a family that has seen the art of kora playing being passed from generation to generation through more than 700 years. He was very well known in The Gambia too.

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