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September 27, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - September 28, 2019 @ 4:00 pm


We are proud to present the first World Music Workshop this Autumn with Cheick Cissokho, organised by the International School of Music Finland in cooperation with the Global Music Centre and Kilombo Festival.


The kora is a beautiful traditional 22-stringed harp instrument played by West-African musician families. Nowadays it is adapted to many different musical styles and can often heard in world music from around the globe. In this workshop, we will start from the very beginning. We will learn the basic playing techniques, melodic and rhythm patterns used in kora playing, and we will learn some of the most popular kora songs. Also, the participants will learn about the history of kora, and how it was and still is traditionally used to make music in coastal West Africa.

Our teacher Cheick Cissokho is a member of one of the oldest and most respected “jali” musician families, known and appreciated as the preservers as well as active developers of this impressive musical tradition. He was taught the secrets of kora the traditional way, first learning how to build one from scratch, and then learning the traditional songs and musical patterns that all kora jalis need to know.

There are five koras available for those who don’t have their own. Everyone who has a kora, can and should bring it along. This workshop is aimed to everyone interested in playing stringed instruments, to friends of world music, and to friends of African arts. Welcome!


  • Learning accompaniments for traditional songs
  • Learning to sing the songs while playing
  • Learning about the background and traditions of the kora

About the instructor:

Cheick Cissokho is a professional musician. His main instrument is kora (african harp). He has learned the art of playing kora from his father, following the centuries-old family tradition. He also plays a variety of percussion instruments (djembe, doundoun, and sabar drums). Cheick has experience teaching kora playing not only for children but also teaching and assisting in workshops both in Senegal and Finland, including workshops with Mamady Keita, Seckou Keita ja Maher Cissoko in Senegal and the Etnosoi!, Fest Afrika, Ijahis idja, and musician-dancer Maarika Autio in Finland.

Date and time:

Fri 27.9.2019, 17:00 – 20:00
Sat 28.9.2019, 13:00 – 16:00


Global Music Centre (Hämeentie 34 D, Helsinki)


50€ for two days; 30€ for one day

For all enquiries please contact Camilo Pajuelo and remember to sign up in advance!

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September 27, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
September 28, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
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Global Music Center
Hämeentie 34 D
Helsinki, Finland
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