Foday Musa Suso

For this New Sounds from the Vaults, we’ve unearthed a 1991 program with the Gambian-born, Mandingo griot Foday Musa Suso. (A griot is a musician/oral historian of the Mandingo people.) Suso is a virtuoso player of the kora – the West African 21-stringed harp lute- as well as a drummer, composer and founder of the Mandingo Griot Society, a group of jazz musicians who play new arrangements of Mandingo music. On this visit to the studios, Suso presented music by the Mandingo Grio Society, music of the Fulani people, and some of his own solo works.

PROGRAM #639 With Guest Foday Musa Suso (originally aired on 3/26/1991)





Foday Musa Suso

Mansa Bendung

"Tramakang" [:30]

Flying Fish #380. Out of print

Foday Musa Suso and Mandingo Griot Society

Watto Sitta

"Dewgal" [:30]

On the Terrascape label. Available for download at*

Foday Musa Suso

The Dreamtime

"Kana Boori" [6:30]

CMP #3001, Try* OR available as an import on

Mandingo Griot Society

New World Power

"Balafa" [5:30]

Out of print

Foday Musa Suso

The Dreamtime

"Fuladu" [6:00]

See above.

Mandinka & Fulani Music of the Gambia

Ancient Heart

"Sanjon Bilama" [3:00]
"Dangoma" [3:00]

Island/Axiom #539876. Try

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