Ibou Cissokho and Solo Diarra both come from well known griot families in their respective home countries. Griot is the name of a vast, well known west african oral and musical tradition. The griot is a bard who serves as a sort of living archive of people’s traditions. They have told tall tales and hard truths, they have served as advisors, historians and comedians. A common, musical memory. Solo and Ibou aims to do the same thing as those who came before them – to pass on this tradition to new listeners.
Ibou Cissockho comes from the Casamance area in Senegal. He was taught how to play the kora by his father and mentor, Solo Cissokho. Since 2006, he has worked as a musician in Norway. Solo Diarra is from Burkina Faso. He plays several traditional instruments like n’goni, kora, djembe, balafon and kalabash. Diarra has worked in Norway since 2010. Backed by a brilliant band, they mix their own musical ideas, influences and songs with all that came before them.
At Oslo World 2018 they are the support act of Bombino, at Cosmopolite Scene, November 31st.