Founder of the ensemble Piirpauke, Sakari Kukko’s latest band project Afro Chamber introduces the Etno-Espa audiences to music which is based on West African traditions while also featuring Finnish traditional music, including tunes by Sibelius, Kuula and Malmstén. The ensemble’s singer Meissa Niang comes from a large griot family and has toured the world for decades. Another ensemble member from a long line of griots is the award-winning balafon master Issa Dembele from Burkina Faso. While Afro Chamber’s music is firmly based on the West African griot traditions, the group’s productions are contemporary, managing to embrace all the combined expertise and experience acquired by each of its members.
Sakari Kukko – piano, saxophone, flute, vocals
Meissa Niang – vocals
Cheikh Cissokho – kora, vocals, percussion
Issa Dembele – balafon, vocals, percussion
Abdoulay Ndiaye – bass, vocals
Doupain Cissokho – drums, vocals
This concert is presented by the Global Music Centre