African Percussion Instruments
Sadjo Sissokho esteemed kora player from Guinea Bissau accompanied by David Day on a range of African percussion instruments will provide a lunchtime performance of West African music at Riverbank Arts Centre’s CaToCa Café.
The kora is a 21 string West African harp built from a large calabash cut in half and covered with cow skin to make a resonator with a long hardwood neck. The skin is supported by two handles that run under it and it supports a notched double free standing bridge.The strings run in two divided ranks making it a double harp, they do not end in a soundboard but are held in notches on a bridge making it a bridge harp.
The sound of a kora resembles that of a harp, though when played in the traditional style, it bears a closer resemblance to flamencoand delta blues guitar techniques. Sissokho, a master kora player, has developed his repertoire through the oral tradition of West African cultures.
David Day is a musician from Athy. He has spent many years studying west African instruments including Jembe, Kpanlogo and Dunun. David enjoys facilitating percussion workshops, drum circles with his company Jabba Jabba Jembe. He also tours with the group Akrowa providing interactive performances of percussion song and dance.
This concert will feature singing and solo pieces from Sissokho accompanied with percussion, the audience also will have an opportunity to try out some percussion instruments and play along in this celebration of love live music at Riverbank Arts Centre.