I was introduced to Senegalese musician Youssoupha Sidibe in of all places, northern California, at the Science & Nonduality Conference (SAND), an event dedicated to raising the level of consciousness and merging the worlds of spirituality and science under one roof.
His musical career began over twenty years ago in Senegal, West Africa, where he was trained as a Kora player at the National Music Conservatory of Senegal. His music fuses traditional West African sounds on the Kora, with the Sufi devotional chanting of the Senegalese Baay Faal community.
The result is a beautiful sensation of pure joy through a series of angelic-like sounds combined with an indigenous harp. Youssoupha’s devotional lyrics are sung in Wolof, Arabic, French and English.
At the SAND Conference, he performed to an audience of scientists, philosophers, artists, physicists, authors, academics, healers, teachers and yogis. His music brought us all into a place of serenity and grace as we slowed down and ‘felt’ his rhythm deeply at the end of a long but inspiring day.