This song was inspired by the changing of the seasons, from Autumn into Winter. It's a tough time of year for me, but playing Kora is the perfect antidote.
Jarabi is a love song of the Mandinka people. It was the first song I learnt on the kora. Here's how I started out learning to play this beautiful instrument.
My Kora arrangement of Mad World, based on Gary Jules's recording for the Donnie Darko theme tune, causes quite a stir on Facebook.
Mafu is a Jali musician from Brikama, Gambia. I spent a week living with him, learning to play kora and filming some of his unique arrangements.
Watcha plays the akonting and kamale ngoni, and sings in Jola and French. I filmed an intimate concert outside his home in Kafountine, Senegal.
Alia is a djembe and balafon master from Guinea Conakry. We met at the Abéné festival in Senegal and recorded some solo balafon performances.