Josh has been performing the Kora since the age of eight, first learning from his father. He soon developed a fascination for the Kora, which a 21 stringed West African Harp, practicing for hours on end, rewinding and replaying cassette tapes of kora masters.
The Kora has a beautifully intriguing sound that can capture the attention of any audience. This unique instrument, although hardy known outside of West Africa is starting to because loved in Europe and the rest of the world. Josh has performed to audiences all over the world and enjoyed by many, including Anne, Princess Royal.
The sound of a Kora resembles that of a harp, though when played in the traditional style, it resembles flamenco & Delta blues guitar techniques. Josh’s Kora playing is perfect for background music at a drink reception or an engaging performance that will leave your guests mesmerized.
Josh’s kora playing combines traditional rhythms with modern Western influences, composing pieces with an accomplished individual style that captivates his audience. He has great experience and passion for this unique, complex and mesmerizing instrument, earning himself a rightful place amongst a new generation of kora players, bringing joy to those who hear him play.
Josh was the winner of the World music category at the Welsh International Harp Festival in 2018, has been featured in Songlines Magazine and has delivered a TEDx talk on his life and his music.
Over the past decade, Josh has collaborated with several leading musicians from Africa and Europe, including Sampha on his Mercury Prize winning album, Process. Josh has played at prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall, St James’ Palace, the renowned Le Diplomate club in Mali and several UK festivals including WOMAD, Tribe of Doris, Tropical Pressure and Shambala.
★ Collaborated with Artist Sampha on his Mercury Prize winning album.
★ Featured on Songlines Magazine & delivered a TEDx talk.
★ Performed the Kora for Queen Elizabeth’s daughter Anne, Princess Royal.
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Here’s what Kora Player – Josh’s clients said:
He did a lovely job during our wedding. He was responsive throughout the lead up, arrived on time providing no hassle while he set up, and played beautifully. We had so many compliments about his playing and I was really pleased that we went for a kora as it really suited the occasion. Many thanks for helping to make our event so special – we will recommend him if there is ever an opportunity!
Thank you so much for filling the Church with your beautiful music at our wedding.
– Vicky and Julian
His Kora playing added I lovely atmosphere to our very special day, he was very easy to work with and there was absolutely no hassle, just what we needed.
– Mike & Jenny
Kora Player – Josh’s previous clients:
University of Edinburgh, fundraiser
Salvation army, fundraiser
Anne, Princess Royal, at St James palace
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