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September 26 - September 27, 2024

Presented By: VTSU

Thursday, September 26, 2024, 7:00 PM

Dibden Center for the Arts
VTSU – Johnson
200 S Pond Rd.
Johnson, VT

Friday, September 27, 2024, 7:00 PM

Alexander Twilight Theatre
VTSU – Lyndon
1069 College Road
Lyndonville, VT

Tickets: $10 general admission, FREE for VTSU community.

Yacouba Sissoko, a Master kora player from the djely tradition, has devoted his musical gift to expanding the awareness of West African history and culture, spreading the word of peace, and empowering his listeners to realize their imagined futures. His performances have a magical effect on audiences as he skillfully transforms traditional songs and stories from his forefathers into modern-day messages of peace, love, and harmony. His flexible virtuosity allows him to move seamlessly from one musical genre to another, attracting an eclectic mix of musicians who have sought him out as a collaborator. He has toured and recorded with well-known African musicians such as Sidiki Conde, Abdoulaye Diabate, Baaba Maal, and Kakande, as well as famous Western musicians like Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon, Leroy Jenkins, and Leni Stern. Easily transitioning between jazz, pop, R&B, and classical music, Yacouba regularly performs with Regina Carter, Rachel Brown, Oran Etkin, and Benyoro. In addition to performing as a soloist and a guest kora artist, Yacouba leads his own band SIYA, which harmonizes the ancient practice of musical storytelling on the solo kora with the modern fuller harmonies of today’s musical instrumentation. SIYA, meaning “Source” in Bambara, represents the breakthrough of the past few generations of Western African musicians who have opened up this musical experience to new audiences, incorporating additional instruments and spanning musical genres.