A VIRTUOSO kora player is performing in Buckland Newton near Dorchester on Friday, May 10.

Modou Ndiaye, aka Mamadou Ndiaye Cissokho, brother of Seckou Keita, is a virtuoso kora player, songwriter, drummer and percussionist, and a member of the famous Cissokho family of Griot musicians from the Cassamance region of Southern Senegal.

With a superb repertoire of rhythms, Modou fuses together modern and traditional beats, playing a variety of West African instruments ranging from djembe, sabar, calabash and talking drum to his leading instrument, the mesmerizing 22 stringed Kora (West African harp).

Modou’s latest album Londo unites world class musicians and blends together an irresistible mix of beautiful harmonies with the gentle yet lively tones of the kora, the vibrant grooves of bass guitar,calabash, djembe and a variety of African percussion instruments.

His music draws on inspiration from his homeland, his life experiences and the world's current issues. Uniting traditional and modern sounds, this energetic band will leave you invigorated and inspired.

*Modou Ndiaye and band, Buckland Newton Village Hall, Buckland Newton, Friday, May 10, 7.30pm. Call 01300 345455 for tickets. Also playing at Shillingstone Village Hall on Saturday, May 11, 7.30pm. Call 07870 972089 for tickets.