Jali Nyama Suso

Nyama Suso ( Jali Nyama Suso wrote for ) (* 1925 in Bakau, Gambia, † 1991, The Gambia) was a well known musician in the Gambia. He played on the West African instrument kora, a 21 -string bridge harp.


Suso part of the tradition of the Jali at ( Griot ). At the age of eight, he was regarded as a competent kora player. At the age of 16, he lost a leg, so that he was no longer to travel the country in the tradition of Jali able.

In 1956 he started shooting for the radio to make and was until the mid-1960s a popular music star in The Gambia. He was even offered the opportunity to participate in the national anthem of The Gambia.

In the United States and later worked with musicologists, among others, at the University of Washington, where he lectured and worked on the soundtrack to Roots with. Then, in the late 1970s, he traveled to Sweden and gave some concerts. Also in the UK, Germany and France, he played to an audience. In 1986, he became infected from tuberculosis, at the result, he died in 1991.