Duke Music Graduate Student at NC Folk Fest

photo of five-person band

Duke Ethnomusicology graduate student Jonathan Henderson (second from right) and his band, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, performed at this year’s virtual edition of the North Carolina Folk Festival on Sunday, September 13. The three-day festival is available to stream for free.

Kaira Ba formed in North Carolina in 2011, shortly after kora master Diali Cissokho immigrated to the U.S. Kaira Ba has produced three full length albums, toured extensively in the US, and traveled twice as a band to Senegal. In 2014, Kaira Ba was nominated for the prestigious continent-wide All Africa Music Award (AFRIMA) in the category “Best African Group” for their album The Great Peace. In 2018 the band released its most ambitious album to date, Routes, which was recorded alongside a broad cast of guests in both North Carolina and Senegal.

Watch Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba’s North Carolina Folk Festival performance.