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Artist Profiles: Papa Susso

Papa Susso is a master kora (African harp/lute) player and jali (oral historian, also known as griot) from The Gambia, West Africa. He hails from a long line of jalis from the Mandinka people.

Taught by his father, he has played kora since the age of five. The kora, a 21 stringed harp-lute, evolved from earlier hunter harps used by the Mandinka people. It is said that the Susso family invented the kora.

Today, Papa Susso, based both in the Bronx (New York City) and Gambia, is considered a goodwill ambassador, traveling throughout the world to share his culture with others.