The mission of Fakoli Dance & Drum is to create understanding between people of all cultures through the language of the drum.
Fakoli Dance & Drum is founded by Fode Sissoko, Master Drummer, Kora Player and Composer from Senegal, West Africa. Fode is the grandson of Soundioulou Cissokho, King of the Kora & most renowned master in all of West Africa. Fode performed as a Griot, began Kora at age 5 and by 8 was playing the Djembe and Dun Dun Drums. An acknowledged master, Fode toured Africa, Europe and America, also performing with Baba Olatunji for 9 years.
Fode Sissoko has created Fakoli Dance & Drum, an educational organization of music, drum, dance and cultural exchange. Fakoli means "the ancestor" in Mandinko, Fode's native language.
Mr. Sissoko leads ongoing trips to Senegal, where students are immersed in the music, language and atmosphere of traditional African culture. He also teaches ongoing classes and workshops in drum, dance, kora and song.
Fode is available for master classes, workshops, drum and instrument sales and repairs. He is also available for folkloric performances in full costume with traditional music and dance or with his musical group, "Fakoli", Afro pop original Mandinko music.
Fakoli Dance & Drum is living proof of African music's vibrancy and inherent creative power.
Read through our pages, view the pictures from our Drum and Dance Trips in Senegal and order the finest hand-made West African instruments and recordings from our marketplace.
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