Sefo Kanuteh

Sefo will be teaching beginners and intermediate/improvers Kora at this year’s Drum Camp. 

A virtuosic, soulful and authentic kora and balafon player.  Sefo’s accomplishments are evident from his rich cultural DNA and impressive collaborations with some of Africa’s most successful artists.  

Sefo has worked closely on major projects with the likes of Baba Maal and at the Théâtre National Daniel Sorano, Dakar Senegal.   This is testament to his deep knowledge of Mande tradition and history; the music of his roots.

Sefo grew up in Foday Kunda on the banks of the River Gambia and was raised by a family of highly skilled kora and balafon players, Sefo’s musical education was a way of life.   In addition to learning through relatives, he absorbed his environment into his music, soaking up the language, culture and music of his Mandinka people and those of neighbouring countries.

Sefo’s compositions are a melodic mixture of highly-valued traditional pieces, intertwined with styles from every continent, thus firmly planting Sefo as a contemporary Mande musician. He music sings of his life, family and freedom.

Certain of his cultural roots, Sefo’s kora and balafon blends beautifully with  other genres including Latin, reggae, jazz, blues and pop.   His playing can also provide an exquisite solo focus offering an original and artistic dimension to other collaborations.


Year Contributions
2017 Performance and Kora Workshops
2016 Balafon and Kora Workshops


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