Suntou Susso

Suntou Susso is a multi-instrumentalist: kora player, percussionist, singer and composer from The Gambia. Born a Griot in a 700-year old tradition, the kora – a harp-lute with 22 strings – is unique to the Griots of the Mandinka people.  Griots have a unique societal role as oral historians, transmitting and preserving a people’s culture through the generations in song, music and poetry.  Suntou’s family includes some of the world’s most highly respected West African musicians.

His musical abilities are outstanding, perhaps unique for his generation. An in-demand and charismatic performer, he attracted attention as soon as he arrived on the UK music scene.  He has many collaborations to date: celebrated jazz singer Sarah-Jane Morris; guitarist Tony Remy – Ronnie Scott’s; Ghazalaw – an Indian-Welsh fusion project on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 6; bass player Davide Mantovani; and modern jazz fusion opera singer Pumeza Matshikiza on ITV’s This Morning. 

In The Gambia, Suntou has a huge fan base and has released successful singles and music videos. These continue to receive daily exposure on national TV and radio.