My West African stories: Adama Cissokho, Sibelius Adademy Choir and Global Choir

West African tradition, songs and stories, presented by Adama Foune Cissokho

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This heartwarming and exceptional concert is centered around West African tradition, songs and stories, presented by the guest teacher Adama Foune Cissokho (Senegal)

The masterclass project final concert has been created together with Merzi Rajala (Global Music program, Sibelius Academy) bringing in co-creative transcultural approaches in choral music, and Maarika Autio as guide between cultural expressions, musician and dance choreographer. 

Adama Foune Cissokho 

Daughter of Dialy Kemo and Bintou Konte, Adama Foune Cissokho was born into a highly respected musician family of Cissokho Jalikunda, that is known to have been actively practicing and professionally developing the local Mandinka musical tradition since around the 12th century.  

From early on, Adama specialized into singing, learning her professional skills via the traditional training methods. She has become a sought-after artist both locally in Senegal and on tours in various European countries. In addition to performing, Adama also gives workshops themed around the “jali” music and storytelling tradition of coastal West-Africa. 

Adama herself specialises in singing in this traditional music style. She is a sought-after artist who has done several tours in Africa and in Europe. She is also well-versed in jali music tradition and the tradition of storytelling in West Africa, and she also gives master classes on these topics. 


  • Adama Cissokho 
  • Merzi Rajala, choral coach, arrangements
  • Maarika Autio, choreography 
  • Global Choir ja Sibelius-Akatemia Choir


M. Rajala, improvisation, trad.

Additional information: Susanna Brandt, 


13.1.2023 at 19:30 – 20:30



Mannerheimintie 13a

00100 Helsinki

Helsinki Music Centre


6,50–18 €

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