Salieu Suso was born into a family of farmers and traditional musicians/historians from Gambia, West Africa, that extends back nearly 1000 years. He was trained to play the 21 stringed Kora (West African Harp) at the age of 8, by his father, renowned Kora player of that region, Alhaji Musa Makang Suso. He is recognized to be a descendant of JaliMady Wulayn Suso, the originator of the Kora instrument. Suso graduated from high school in The Gambia, speaks English fluently, Mandigo, Fula, Wolof, Sarahuli, and some German. Before settling in the United States in 1989, Suso performed extensively throughout Africa and Europe. Salieu Suso is also the leader of the “Jaliya Kafo”–extended family Music Ensemble, and is a leader in the nation’s rapidly growing African music scene. Suso actively freelances with other groups in the U.S.