Sila Fato – Musical Crossroads
Sila Fato blends western African influences smoothly with Finnish sounds. The kora harp and balafon weave melodic textures underpinned by Senegalese drums to form a colourful musical stew. The band leader, Maarika Autio, is an internationally recognised oddity – a snow-white practitioner of the balafon. She is paired with Cheick Cissokho, offspring of an ancient family of kora players. The other musicians are Senegalese music professionals resident in Finland and students in the Global Music programme at the Sibelius Academy.
Maarika Autio, balafon, kora
Cheich Cissokho, kora, percussion
Dou Sarr and Dupain Cissokho, percussion
Pothio Ndiaye, bass