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SENEGAL: Zal Sissokho wins Best Album of the Year in Canada


It is a consecration for the country of Teranga. Senegalese Zal Sissoko raised the Green-Yellow-Red-Star-Green-in-the-Middle flag by winning the “Best Album of the Year in Quebec City, Canada, on October 28, 2020. It was during the First Gala of the ADISQ where 21 Félix trophies were awarded to artists who distinguished themselves this year thanks to their talent.

Zal Idrissa Sissokho is a renowned artist of Senegalese origin. He is a native of the Kolda region in southern Senegal. He resides in Canada where he continues to practice his art. He was one of the artists who seduced by his mandingo sounds. 

This second edition of the ADISQ with no audience at the Place des Arts and the Theatre was animated for the second year in a row by Pierre Lapointe. The host was able to count on Dominique Fils-Aimé and Roxane Bruneau who came to join him to present several categories throughout the awards ceremony.

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Zal Idrissa Sissokho won the Album of the Year award in the category ‘World Music/ Kora Flamenca’. He is the man who makes his Kora speak in all his languages and across the four corners of the planet. 

Zal Sissokho sings, plays alternately between Wolof and Malinke. Zal spells hearts with a finger strike on the threads of his traditional instrument. In 1999, he came to Canada on a grant from the Conseil des Arts du Canada et du Québec. He began playing solo before collaborating with other musicians such as Musa Dieng Kala, the Diouf Brothers, Lousnak or Sara Rénélik


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