Mawdo Suso

Biographical Information

Born: Gambia; Wuli (Sutukoba), 1948

Resides: Gambia; Sukuta

Son of: Suso, Mamadi

Languages Spoken: Mandinka, English


Jessup, Lynne. 1983. The Mandinka Balafon: An Introduction with Notation for Teaching. La Mesa, Calif.: Xylo.

p. 143

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Maudo Suso and Jali Musa Jebate.

Jatta, Sidia. 1985. "Born Musicians: Traditional Music from The Gambia." In Repercussions: A Celebration of African-American Music, ed. Geoffrey Haydon and Dennis Marks, 1429.

p. 23

Mawdo Suusoo, the baloo player from a village near my own, has recently become a member of the Gambian National Troupe, based in the capital Banjul. He has regrets about leaving the provinces, but made the following observations: "When I toured in my own district, in traditional fashion, for a period of a month, visiting my patrons, I made more than I earn in a month with the troupe; in fact, what I now earn in a month might well have been given to me by a patron in one day.

I have ertainly been frustrated by the troupe, where it is a question of regular role playing (often in tourist hotels). But the troupe assures me of a certain fixed income at the end of every month!"

I expressed to Mawdo my fear that the steady exodus of jalis from rural areas to urban centres was seriously weakening jaliyaa. He agreed there was a danger, but went on as follows: "The explanation for this exodus is the presence in Banjul of so many of our patrons—including yourself—who havebeen to school and are now working here. For instance, I come here in the knowledge that you are here and that another of my patrons, the M.P. Seeni Singateh, is also here. You have left your villages behind. We come here for fear that your being here without jalis might lead you to forget about our traditional ways."

p. 26

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Mawdo Suusoo (baloo) and his singing wife, Fune Kuyaate



Charters, Samuel, prod. 1975a. African Journey: A Search for the Roots of the Blues. Vanguard, SRV 73014/5.

tutu jara/bajurud

. 1975b. The Griots. Ministers of the Spoken Word. Folkways, FE 4178.


Jessup, Lynne, prod. 1983. The Mandinka Balafon: Mandinka Balafon Music. La Mesa, Calif.: Xylo.

chedod; hama ba jatad; keme burema/sorid; lamban/sandiad; paya payad; sunjatad/s; tabarad

. 1983. The Mandinka Balafon: Teaching Mandinka Balafon. La Mesa, Calif.: Xylo.


Konte, Dembo, Kausu Kuyateh, and Mawdo Suso. 1995. Dembo Konte, Kausu Kuyateh and Mawdo Suso: Jaliology. Xenophile, XENO 4036.

haidarad; lamban/sandiad

Suso, Foday Musa, and Bill Laswell. 1997. Jali Kunda: Griots of West Africa and Beyond. Ellipsis Arts, CD3511.

jula jekered; keme burema/sorid

Various Artists. 1990. Ancient Heart: Mandinka And Fulani Music Of The Gambia. Axiom 539 880-1.

hama ba jatad/s; jula jekered; kumbu sorad; lamban/sandiad/s



Haydon, Geoffrey, and Dennis Marks, dirs. 1984. Repercussions: A Celebration of African American Music. Program 1. Born Musicians: Traditional Music from The Gambia. Chicago: Home Vision.

faringbulov; tutu jara/bajuruv


T.P. Africa: (English) Jali Mawdo Suso