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Celebrating diversity: Sura Susso

Interview with Sura Susso

With thanks to Catherine Hocking, Director of Music Programmes, Lakeside Arts, and Amber Frost, University Radio Nottingham (URN).

Sura Susso discusses the joy of musical collaboration and being open to new styles and genres. He reflects on how the pandemic has reinforced the need for people to accept, respect and love one another without cultural and societal barriers. 

Virtuoso kora player, percussionist, singer and composer Sura Susso returns to Lakeside Arts on Friday 19 March 2021 at 7.30pm to perform songs of his much anticipated second album, exactly one week ahead of its official release. Sura, who hails from a traditional Griot family from Gambia, West Africa, has toured the world over performing over 500 concerts.  For this special concert Sura will perform acoustic versions of some of the songs featured on the album, joined by singer Binta Susso, Suntou Susso on percussion and Pete Josef on piano. Celebrating peace, musicianship and his extensive work over the past 15 years, expect the finest music from Gambia streamed directly to your living-room.

Find out more about Sura Susso and how to book for his live concert at Lakeside:

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Sura Susso 


Sura Susso is a creative, versatile and talented kora player and  percussionist, who hails from a traditional Griot family in Gambia, West Africa. Exhibiting his talent in an assortment of countries, venues and festivals, Sura was invited to perform at an opening ceremony at Manchester City Hospital playing for HRH Queen Elizabeth II in 2012. In 2009 Sura and his sister, Binta Susso, had the privilege of performing at Glastonbury festival with the legendary Baaba Maal. 

Sura’s musical gift, once heard, is not easy to forget. His melodic style resonates deep within, transporting you far away to a harmonic place of sheer delight.   

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