Ali Boulo Santo
is a Senegalese kora player in his early thirties.
He is a nephew of the king of the kora Soundioulou Cissoko
and was said to be born
"with the kora in his hands". Although he had played at various occasions and with various groups
in Dakar, he didn't get international exposure until he met Frédéric Galliano
with whom he would work together for several years.
He first featured on the first album on Galliano's Frikyiwa
label, the album « Manding-Ko »
by Hadja Kouyate
Ali Boulo Santo's style of playing the kora is outstanding because of his perfect mastering of this
ancient instrument as well as his willingness to innovate (he used a wah-wah pedal for the first time on his kora,
before Sekou Kouyaté
of Ba Cissoko Trio
and the creativity to combines mandingo music with Senegalese and Western influences. Together with Guinean
Ba Cissoko (Trio)
he belongs to a new generation of innovating kora players.
After various featurings on Frikyiwa concert tours, Ali Boulo Santo now has made a solo album
« Komo Féllé »
, on which he shows again
his talent of fusing kora music with Senegalese rhythms and international influences. His wife, Sira Cissoko
and his young daughter Ramatoulaï contribute vocally each on one song.