Sura Susso

Originally from Gambia, Surahata "Sura" Susso was born into a griot family, traditional West African musical families - important cultural figures - oral historians who carry knowledge and the regional identity of their communities through song, music and poetry. Sura is the son of Mamudou Susso, one of the finest living kora players, and Fatou Binta Cissokho, who was a gifted singer and percussionist, so it's no surprise that this charismatic young man has talent.

Sura came to the UK at the age of seventeen to tour as percussionist in his brother’s band, The Seckou Keita Quintet. Tours with the quintet took Sura all around the world and provided an invaluable experience for him to be the established musician in the UK today. He honours the role that his elder brother has played in supporting his musical journey. In 2012 Sura released his debut album, Sila Kang. 

Since arriving in the UK, Sura has performed countless solo performances – In March 2012, he was honoured to be invited to play for the Queen, as part of the opening ceremony for the Central Manchester City hospitals, and fittingly as Griot musicians traditionally play for nobility as well as communities. Sura regularly collaborates with other artists and also leads a full band Sura Susso Family Band. He has taken part in more than five hundred shows in over thirty different countries spanning over every continent.

Sura Susso is a West African kora player who offers traditional roots music and a range of cross cultural projects.

Sura Susso visits Songs From The Shed at Larmer Tree Festival to play an acoustic session.