YOUSSOUPHA SIDIBE

YOUSSOUPHA SIDIBE

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The music of Youssoupha Sidibe is deeply infused with a longing for the full realization of divine love in this world. The angelic sounds of the Kora, an indigenous harp, soulfully carry Youssoupha's devotional lyrics sung in Wolof, Arabic, French and English.

Biography

The music of Youssoupha Sidibe is deeply infused with a longing for the full realization of divine love in this world. Youssoupha's musical career began over twenty years ago in his home of Senegal, West Africa. His music fuses traditional West African sounds on the Kora, with the Sufi devotional chanting of the Senegalese Baay Faal community. The angelic sounds of the Kora, an indigenous harp, soulfully carry Youssoupha's heartrending devotional lyrics.

Since his arrival on the international music circuit, Youssoupha has recorded, performed, and/or collaborated with artists such as India Arie, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Charles Neville, Future Man, Michael Franti and Spearhead, and Matisyahu. His latest collaboration, "Shalom/Salaam", was with artist Matisyahu, on the album entitled "Youth". "Youth" also contains an additional track, "Ancient Lullaby", which features Youssoupha on Kora. Rolling Stone magazine picked "Shalom/Salaam" as one of the two "key tracks" on the album. Since it's release, "Youth" has gone Gold, and in January 2007, the album was nominated for a Grammy award for best reggae album of the year.

With Michael Franti, Youssoupha collaborated on "What I Be" a book and CD project, that features a read-along CD that contains a hip hop and African musical collage of the story featuring the voices of Michael, his son Ade Franti-Rye, and Youssoupha Sidibe singing in his home language of Wolof and playing the kora.

Youssoupha's music has served to invoke the divine through Sufi sound in the presence of many large and diverse groups of people. Youssoupha has performed, recorded, and led healing music workshops throughout the United States, Europe, and Africa. He has graced the stages of many notable venues such as Reggae on the River, Manhattan Center, Earthdance World Peace Festival, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, The Warfield Theatre, African Festival of the Arts-Chicago and many more.

His music is inspiring and empowering for people of all ages. The sound of the Kora beautifully blends with the powerful human emotion and faith that Youssoupha embodies. His latest solo kora recording Xelcom and his debut recording Sacred Sound bring a new dimension to the celebration of humankind.

A collaboration entitled FOR ALL is now available. The album was recorded with MIDNITE, one of the greatest reggae bands today. Midnite is based in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, where the recording was made over a month long period. This is a historical, groundbreaking, collaboration between the African musical tradition and the Caribbean reggae.

Youssoupha is currently touring in support of his new album Xelcom released on his own label: Sacred Sound.

Youssoupha's sound creates an experience that unites all cultures through the power of music.

A blessed experience.

" Your performance brought together many students who would not normally interact on this campus... everyone was dancing together-despite vast social, economic, and political differences. As far as I'm concerned, that is the hallmark of a great event"
Matt Landa, Director of student Activities, Simon's Rock College.

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES:

EARTHDANCE, music Festival 06, Main stage solo act,

REAGGAE ON THE RIVER, 06, Main stage, special guest appearance,

HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM, Manhattan special guest of Grammy nominated Matisyahu

WARFIELD THEATRE, San Francisco, CA

MUSIKFEST, Bethlehem Pennsylvania

CALVIN THEATRE, Northampton Mass,

OREGON COUNTRY FAIR,

SONO ARTS FESTIVAL, Norwalk CT.

CHARLEMONT REAGGAE FESTIVAL, Mass.

EASTHAMPTON SUMMER FEST, Mass

FESTIVAL OF ARTS & IDEAS, New-Haven,

FETE DE LA MUSIC, Senegal West AFRICA,

NORTHAMPTON CENTER FOR THE ART, Northampton,

UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII, Ohahu,

UNIVERSITY OF OREGON, Ashland,

CAMBRIDGE WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL, Boston,

MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE, Mass,

INDIGENOUS PLANET Music Fest, Tennesse,

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS

PEARL STREET MUSIC HALL, Northampton Mass,

IRON HORSE MUSIC HALL, Northampton Mass,

LAHAINA CIVIC CENTER, Maui Hawaii,

SIMONS ROCK COLLEGE, MASSACHUSETTS

NEIGHBORHOOD MUSIC SCHOOL, New haven CT.

GREENFIELD ENERGY PARK FEST. Mass.

GREENFIELD COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Mass.

AND MANY MORE.....

Youssoupha's performances and healing workshops are inspiring and empowering for people of all ages. The sound of the Kora seamlessly blends with the powerful human emotion and faith that Youssoupha embodies. His Sacred Sound brings a new dimension to the celebration of humankind.

Discography

Shalom/Salaam single, Grammy nominated YOUTH album from Matisyahu 2006

For All - collaboration with Midnite

Xelcom 2000/2008
Sunugal, release in 2002
Sacred Sound 2007

What I Be- Book & CD project with Michael Franti
UPCOMING RELEASE:
Album with the legendary Charles Neville from the Neville Brothers produced by Youssoupha Sidibe.

Set List

SET LIST :
ZIKROULAH
TOUBA
SHOW SOME LOVE
AFRICA
CHEIKH BOROM TOUBA SAHM
KORA
MUSIC
BAMBA DJI
AMDI MOUSTAPHA FALL
DIEUF DJI
KELEFABA
BAYE FALL
BAMBA BODIAN
VISION
XELKOM
SUNUGAL
BRIGO
DIAM