DreamDance presents Kora Master Youssoupha Sidibe. His music is deeply infused with longing for the full realization of divine love in this world. His heart-opening and uplifting music fuses traditional West African sounds of the Kora with traditional Sufi chanting.
The Kora is an African Harp, but throw out all your ideas of what a harpist is. Youssoupha breaks out of traditional Kora styles many hundreds of years old, still predominant in Kora players, to create a new style. Blending aspects of Reggae, and western music creating a style that has never been heard before.
Youssoupha Sidibe recorded with Matisyahu on his album “Youth” which Youssoupha received a Gold record for as well as a Grammy Nomination. Through this and many other collaborations, as well as countless performances over the course of 25 years, Youssoupha has developed thousands of fans all over the world. Youssoupha has performed and recorded with many exceptional musicians. He has released albums with Charles Neville (Tree of Life), Midnite (For All),Steve Kimock (TBA) a duet with Michael Franti (What I be), and collaborated live with India Arie, , Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Michael Kang of String Cheese Incident, Chris Berry Trio, Shimshai, and many more.
Youssoupha has performed at some of the most famous festivals and venues in the world including: The Hammerstein Ballroom NYC, The Warfield Theatre SF CA, The African Festival of the Arts Chicago, Reggae Rising, Reggae on the River CA, Stanford University, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues British Columbia, to name a few.