Yous­soupha Sidibe

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, where he was trained as a Kora player at the National Music Con­ser­va­tory of Sene­gal. 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 devo­tional lyrics sung in Wolof, Ara­bic, French and Eng­lish.

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.

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, The Warfield The­atre, 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. Sacred Sound brings a new dimen­sion to the cel­e­bra­tion of the human experience. Through this and many other col­lab­o­ra­tions, as well as count­less per­for­mances over the course of 25 years, Yous­soupha has devel­oped thou­sands of fans all over the world.

Yous­soupha has per­formed and recorded with many excep­tional musi­cians. Grammy nom­i­nated for his col­lab­o­ra­tion with Matisyahu (Youth), he has released albums with Charles Neville (Tree of Life), Mid­nite (For All), Steve Kimock (TBA) a duet with Michael Franti (What I be), and col­lab­o­rated live with India Arie, , Bela Fleck and the Fleck­tones, Michael Kang of String Cheese Inci­dent, Chris Berry Trio, Shimshai, and many more. Yous­soupha has per­formed at some of the most famous fes­ti­vals and venues in the world includ­ing :The Ham­mer­stein Ball­room NYC, The Warfield The­atre SF CA, The African Fes­ti­val of the Arts Chicago, Reg­gae Ris­ing, Reg­gae on the River CA, Stan­ford University,Michigan Tech Uni­ver­sity, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues British Colum­bia, to name a few.

Yous­soupha Sidibe Video and Audio Sam­ples: Main Stage High Sierra Music Fes­ti­val

Live at the Inde­pen­dent SF

W/ Charles Neville (Neville Broth­ers) in sup­port of their new album “Tree of Life”
W/ Mid­nite from the album “For All”
w/ Michael Franti at the Warfield in SF
w/ Steve Kimock (“Unknown Leg­end” –CNN)
w/ Grammy Win­ning India Arie http:// (for 13,000 peo­ple)
w/ Grammy Nom­i­nated Matisyahu w/ Mid­nite Link
w/ Michael Kang (String Cheese Inci­dent) & Chris Berry

Charles Neville & Yous­soupha Sidibe project press: “The rip­pling, and at times per­cus­sive, arrange­ments with the kora are like rocks in a stream, with Neville’s fluid and melodic sax­o­phone like water flow­ing over and around the rocks. The music is meant to be a heal­ing force that binds the past with the present. ” — Beth Peer­less — The Mon­terey County Her­ald “The project con­nects jazz and tra­di­tional African music, and the result is as stun­ning as it is sooth­ing… It’s both a brave depar­ture and com­pletely nat­ural. The CD is worth a lis­ten when you are in the mood for quiet con­tem­pla­tion and sim­ple beauty.” – Reg­is­ter Guard–35/sidibe-african-music-neville-kora.csp “Grammy-winning, jazzy Neville Brother lends his restrained, sul­try sax lines to Yous­soupha Sidibe’s sparkling, reggae-inflected African harp, the lat­est in the Sene­galese virtuoso’s col­lab­o­ra­tions with West­ern artists, includ­ing Matisyahu, Michael Franti, Bela Fleck, India Arie and more.” – Brett Camp­bell –

Willamete Week (scroll down on linked page) Yous­soupha Sidibe recorded with Matisyahu on his album “Youth” which Yous­soupha received a Gold record as well as a Grammy Nom­i­na­tion for. “Yousoupha is great. I have per­formed with him many times … and we find our­selves on stage together shar­ing very deep and mov­ing musi­cal impro­vi­sa­tions. His melodies are beau­ti­ful, his rhythm is engag­ing, and he is a spir­i­tual man trans­mit­ting roots music. I am a fan of Yousoupha and his music.” –MATISYAHU — Multi-Platinum Sell­ing, Grammy Nom­i­nated Musi­cian HD Video: (Yous­soupha Sidibe and Matisyahu col­lab­o­rate at the Music Hall of Williams­burg in Brook­lyn 2011)   ” Hypnop­tic .….….…. melodic pure kemetic expres­sion con­jur­ing deep mem­o­ries of spir­its past and present . Yous­soupha Sidibe is the gen­uine arti­cle as the tra­di­tion still lives and breathes even after thou­sands of years. All praises due to the mas­ter musi­cian who plays us all.” Muata Keny­atta Asso­ciate Direc­tor of Con­certs at San Fran­cisco State University.


Comments are closed.