Lamine Cissokho grew up in Casamance, a region in Southern Senegal well-known for its rich culture of musical traditions. He is a descendant of the Mandingue griot family, a family of famous musicians whose traditions date back to the 15th century. Each family member helps preserve their musical inheritance by passing down their musical talents and gifts to the next generation. Lamine’s father is the professional kora player, Sana Cissokho, and his mother is the singer, Fatoumata Drame from Casamance. Lamine and his siblings have been singing and playing kora and other traditional West African instruments with their father since childhood. The kora became Lamine’s main instrument early in his musical career. Since the age of 10, Lamine has played in many different groups and today, he is a well-known kora player. He has lived in Falun,Sweden since 2001.
In Sweden he has played with musicians such as Maria Jonsson, Ian Carr, Anders Nygards, Baba Blues and the Ale Möller Band. He has played at the Urkultfestivalen several times and he continues to work as a musician in Dalateatern, Senegal.He also writes his group‘s musical compostions.
Lamine’s inspirations include by Souriba Kouyaté, Toumani Diabaté, Balaké Cissokho and Sana Cissokho.
Lamine Cissokho "Pakao"