Modou Ndiaye

Fri 24th May, 2019
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm (Doors: 7:30pm)
Modou Ndiaye

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Modou Ndiaye aka Mamadou Cissokho is a member of the famous Cissokho family of Griot musicians from Southern Senegal, a virtuoso kora player, singer songwriter, drummer and percussionist, with a superb repertoire of rhythms, fusing together modern and traditional beats. Modou plays a variety of West African instruments, ranging from djembe, sabar, calabash and talking drum to his leading instrument – the 22 stringed Kora (West African harp).

Since his arrival to the UK in 2002, Modou has performed and recorded as a solo and group artist, as well as a session artist in collaboration with other musicians from a variety of styles and genres. Notably in 2016 Modou was commissioned by the High Sheriff of Bristol to perform a selection of his own compositions together with the Bristol Symphony Orchestra.

His passion, undeniable talent and desire to create new sounds led him to compose his latest album ‘Londo’ recording and performing with a group of world class musicians incorporating a wonderful collection of styles and sounds, from Afro Manding, Cuba and Funk to the heartwarming sounds of the Kora. Blending together an irresistible mix of captivating harmonies, mesmerising Kora solo’s, groovy rhythms and soulful melodies, uniting traditional and modern beats that will leave you invigorated and inspired.


LONDO 2018 Latest album Available for download on the website and all major download stores (iTunes, Amazon, Google and more)


SABOU 2011 Debut album Available for download on the website

JALIKUNDA 2002 An album in collaboration with ‘Jalikunda Cissokho’, a group consisting of 8 family members and founded by his uncle Solo Cissokho

Modou recorded as a session artist for American songwriter, producer and environmentalist, Kenny Young at his Lazy moon studios for APE Records (Artists project earth) home of Rhythms Del Mundo, overdubbing kora and African drums and percussion rhythms for songs by popular artists including Ed Sheeran, Bob Dylan, Coldplay and George Ezra, for both the ‘Plastic Oceans album’ which was released in 2018 and the ‘Madiba Tribute album’ dedicated to Nelson Mandela.


Modou is a vibrant and charismatic live performer and has played at countless festivals and concerts in over 20 countries worldwide. Festivals include Glastonbury, WOMAD, Lamar Tree, Shambala, Kendal Calling and Bristol Harbourside. Concerts held at venues including Bristol’s St George’s Hall, Colston Hall, Dorchester Arts Centre and London’s Hootananny Brixton.

Modou’s international shows have taken him to places including Dubai, Istanbul and Russia and in 2013 he headlined alongside the iconic Oliver Mtukudzi or ‘Tuku’ which also took him to Montserrat, Guatemala, Barbados and Antigua.


2015 Vocals for the soundtrack on the ‘Gorongosa park’ wildlife series for PBS

2008 Kora played for the cult series ‘Skins’

2006 Modou’s Djembe rhythms for the soundtrack of the blockbuster ‘Blood Diamond’


Modou Ndiaye – Kora and vocals

Suntou Susso – Drums, percussion, calabash and electric kora. A multi-instrumental kora player, singer songwriter, drummer and percussionist from Gambia in West Africa. Modou’s brother and a member of the Cissokho family of Griot musicians.

Amadou Diagne – Percussion. Amadou is a multi-instrumental African blues guitar player, singer songwriter, drummer and percussionist from Dakar in Senegal.

Edd Bateman – Bass guitar. An extremely gifted and versatile bass player, he has mastered many styles and genres over the years but now specializing in teaching and performing African rhythms.

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