Solo Cissokho:Vateran Senegambian Kora star dies at 56

Friday, May 17, 2019

Senegal-born veteran Kora meastro Solo Cissokho has died last Friday in Oslo, Norway at age 56.

Born in 1963 in Senegal’s province of Ziguinchor, the jazz and mbalax musician was well known for his artistic skills in playing Kora, Djembe, guitar and bass. An award-winning Kora maestro, Solo found a musical home in Norway, and established a base from which he traveled extensively in to expand and explore the sonic possibilities of his long-necked African harp.

He 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.

Believed to be a son of the late Kora legend Sunjulu Cissokho,Solo 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.

Tribute to Ibrahima Solo Cissokho!

Gambia House sends its deepest condolences to the death of Ibrahima Solo Cissokho commonly known as Solo, a Kora Icon who had a significant impact in shaping modern Kora and culture in Norway.

A great musicians left us today, we pay tribute not just to what he gave us while he was here, but what he leave us to discover over and over and over again, a new experience each time we listen and watch him play. The most important thing to him, was his people, their cultures and traditions. And this is what he represented. A brilliant and unique Kora player, alive in his music, thoughtful, inquisitive, gracious above all and pure.

An extremely gifted performer and Kora player, larger than life, larger than the stage, larger than Kora. We will always remember Solo’s supreme talent through the music he left behind.

Our deepest condolences to his family both in Norway and Senegal, the Gambia and Senegalese Community, the African Community and the Norwegian community as a whole.

Solo played at the Opening Ceremony of the Gambia House’s 1st Nordic Gambian Diaspora Investment Forum last October 2018.

Rest in peace Solo!

May God grant you Jannah and rest in eternal peace!

So long till we meet again our brother and comrade Solo!!!