'Griot rock that knows how to roll' Songlines

Coming from a great line of Cissokho griots, Senegalese singer, songwriter and kora player Diabel Cissokho has spent his career exploring the blues roots of his griot traditions. With an exceptional musical pedigree and a virtuosic talent, he has toured internationally as Baaba Maal’s longtime kora player, and performed alongside world class musicians Youssou N’Dour, Pee Wee Ellis, Paul McCartney many more.

Now Cissokho’s mission is to bring his unique Afro Mandingue Blues style and transcendent Mandinkan melodies to the world, and be an ambassador for a new generation of Senegalese music. Africa in the Lounge is the fantastic livestream concert series by African Night Fever, which brings sounds and styles from across the continent live into your home.

Now with 20 concerts in the series, Africa in the Lounge has attracted thousands of viewers from the UK and around the world. Produced by African Night Fever and Yaram Arts in partnership with Birmingham Town Hall & Symphony Hall; Brewery Arts, Kendal; Brighton Dome; Bristol Beacon; and Usher Hall, Edinburgh.

Watch the livestream on 17 December at 8pm via YouTube https://youtu.be/dIGZNRAHcTY of via the Usher Hall's Facebook page.

Supported by Arts Council England.