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Sacred Songs and Rituals: The Kora Performed by Yacouba Sissoko

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Thursday, September 22, 2022

Main Library
449 Broadway
Lecture Hall

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Join us for an evening of sacred songs based on the Mandinka djely tradition with master Kora player Yacouba Sissoko. Throughout West African history, djelys, or storytellers, were respected oral historians, jurists, interpreters of current events, and advisors to rulers. The djely’s signature instrument is the kora, a 21-string lute with a large gourd resonator. The djely and the kora played an important role in the founding of the Mali Empire. At the height of its power and influence in the 14th century, the Mali Empire encompassed present day Chad, Niger, Mali, Senegal, and the Gambia.

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This event is supported by the Friends of the Cambridge Public Library.

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