Crossing Borders. A documentary with Sousou & Maher Cissoko. 22 minutes. (Subtitles available in Swedish, English, French and Spanish).

Sousou and Maher Cissoko are a duo of kora musicians from Sweden and Senegal. They combine traditional music from West Africa and Scandinavia to create their own unique sound. In doing so, they also build a cultural bridge between two different parts of the world.

In a time when political winds seem to have veered to the right and ideas of fence building and exclusion garners votes in many camps, by contrast Sousou and Maher show us the beauty of coming together, sharing and co-creating.

At a young age Sousou, from a small town in southern Sweden, wanted to learn the West African instrument kora. After having met world renowned kora player Solo Cissoko at a concert, she gets invited to study the instrument with him and his family in Ziguinchor, Senegal. The youngest brother of this famous griot family is Maher Cissoko. The two meet and the rest, as they say, is history.

Crossing Borders is proper love story AND the first film of the Campfire Stories library to actually feature a campfire(!) The film was shot on location at Sousou & Maher’s creative space Jaliya Camp in Abene, Senegal during a retreat featuring yoga, West African dancing and kora music.

Links

You can find out more about Jaliya Camp here.
And listen to Sousou & Maher on Spotify.

You may also enjoy the film The Story of Dorel & Ricardo, which has a similar theme; about two musicians from different cultures who combine their gifts to create a unique sound.

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