Lamine Cissokho, koraplayer, songwriter and arranger.
Lamine Cissokho was born in Casamance, this multi-ethnic region of southern Senegal known for the rich diversity of cultures and musical traditions. Descending from a family of “griots” whose traditions date back to the 14th century, he began to play the kora with his father, master of the instrument his and was inspired by his great-uncle, the big Lalo Keba Drame.
A world bathed in music, a rigorous work with his father was Lamine’s childhood and youth.
“The music in his blood,” more than an image for the griot, is a sacred bond that cannot be broken, a mission that will push Lamine to Sweden.
In 2001, a musical project brings him to Sweden. Lamine will play on the Swedish scenes with traditional Swedish musicians and violionists.
We are in 2004, two years Lamine will be part of the Falun theater team, a national stage, on which he worked as a musician on the projects “Lilla Rädslan” and “Stora Rädslan”; two creations for children by the famous director, Ylve Sundén.
It was there, in northern Sweden, in 2005 that the trio Namo is born; meeting between Maria Jonsson, Swedish violinist and Ian Carr, English guitarist. A magical and powerful fusion and complementarity. Namo still running today, having participated in Linköping Folk Festival and Edinburgh International Harp Festival, two beautiful scenes and great festivals.
Lamine’s played also with one of the most famous world musician in Sweden, Ale Möller. They play together at Nalen, great scene in Stockholm, at the Concert Hall in Gothenbus and Gävle and player for the King of Sweden.
In 2008 Lamine is invited on stage in Uppsala by Toumani Diabaté who presents Lamine as “the Swedish maestro of kora.” A real and appreciated homage.
Concerts, tours, compositions, arrangements and in 2011 Lamine records, in Austria, his first album. “Pakao” is the title this album, and a tribute to the sacred village of his ancestors. Afro jazz, some pop influences on “Jalikunda” or “Bara” and two more jazz instrumental and more intimate solos as “Folon” and “Dankeneya.”
Toumani Diabaté said of the album:
“In the world, music is universal, it Has No Boundaries. This is what Lamine tell us in the lyrics de son new album “Pakao” .He sings of the life and culture of the people as well as Griot the experience of an African in Europe. Lamine’s music is inspired by The Enormous wealth of musical traditions of Senegal. He sings in Mandinka Mainly With His impressive and expressive voice, holds captive audiences. He is on the right way to Become a famous kora player with His Own Style “.
Lamine believes on the multiculturalism and organizes since 2012 cultural exchanges between European young musician and senegalese young talents and play around in Sweden in schools.
We are in 2013, since ten years Lamine turns and plays in Sweden, Senegal and France,in solo or in collaboration with Namo, Mamadou Dembele (multi instrumentalist from Burkina Faso), Edo Bumba (Congolese guitarist), Samuel Berthod (french clarinetist), Thomas Vahle (American flutist), Christer Palmqvist (Swedish guitarist) and many all others talented musicians.
Lamine is also the creator of a world music festival in Sweden, Mondo Music, which celebrated in 2014 its second successful year.
2015 is the release date of a second album, “Sama Tilo” .
A definitely more acoustic album and with much emotion. Extraordinary musical dialogues between Kora and doublebass, clarinet and kora, oud and kora or kora and kamelegoni.
The ambition of Lamine today is to follow his destiny and to walk straight ahead, with or against the wind, always straight forward with his friend the kora.