Amadou Suso comes from Gambia in West Africa and is part of a Mandinka tribe that have been playing the Kora for centuries. The kora originated in Gambia 750 years ago and Amadou is a direct descendant of the first kora player; Korea Musa Suso. Originally it was a 7 stringed instrument but over time has evolved into the 22 stringed instrument you see today and is affectionately known as the African Harp.
Amadou first started playing the Kora when he was 6 years old and was shorter than the instrument itself. He has since travelled the world and brings to life the depth of Mandinka history and fuses it with contemporary mastery of the African harp.
The band includes Felix Meredith on Trumpet, Tom Benson on Saxophone, Kumar Shome on Guitar, Daniel Mougerman on Keyboards, Jaya Parwata on Bass and Kane Watts on Drums.