Listening to the peaceful sounds weaved by Senegal musician and storyteller Vieux Aliou Cissokho immediately took me on an inward journey.
As I closed my eyes I began to feel the essence of his soul and the heart felt origins of his creativity.
His music and songs inspired and ignited my imagination conjuring up soundscapes from the African heart land. From a distant land of wide open plains and rugged mountain ranges, of hot days and cold nights where the morning and evening stillness is a sacred and special time.
Vieux was accompanied on stage by a smiling dancing duo who responded beautifully to the graceful tunes.
This is music that has been passed down through the generations, from father to son where one is born into an apprenticeship of living music.
Plucking a 20 stringed traditional instrument – the Kora, the sound was a mix between a mandolin and a harp.
Later Vieux was joined on stage by 6 African percussionists in fantastic traditional dress who proceeded to recreate a pulsing audio scenario from his homeland.
Vieux is an international musician renown for sharing the music of his soul.
Vieux Aliou Cissohko. Photo by Erwin Sitorus.
Written by : Richard Horstman