has been an important exponent of Senegambian music. Born in the first half of
the 1940s of a Senegalese father and a Gambian mother, Laba was a Senegambian long before the two
countries tried to form a confederation for some years. This is even more true because the Sosseh family was
already split in a Senegal-based wing and a Gambian based wing.
Influenced by Cuban music of the 1940s and 1950s, he was singing for a local orchestra and perfectioning his art.
He started to sing since in the Star Band de Dakar
, a band created at Senegal's independence in 1960.
Several Star Band albums were recorded. He also worked with saxophone player Dexter Johnson
Super Star de Dakar
, a Star Band off-shoot. In the 1970s, Laba moved from Dakar to Abidjan were he sung with
the Special Liwanza Band
, a band making pure Cuban music, and they recorded together for Abou Lassissi's
label Sacodis. Soon, Lassissi took Laba to New York to record the Salsa Africana sessions. In Paris he made an album with
. In 1981-82, he recorded two albums in New York again on Roberto Torres' SAR label.
Laba Sosseh mastered salsa music to perfection and he became popular among American salsa incrowd and even among Cubans.
In later years, Laba occasionally worked with Africando
on their album
« Baloba »
(1998). He died on 20 September 2007 after a protracted illness.