Music Unites by Moussa Dembele (UK/Burkina Faso)

Updated: Jul 23, 2020

In line with the World Citizen Artists’ ethos, happiness is a key word for me. As a skilled craftsman of instruments, a musician, a teacher and a carnival costume maker, experiencing and providing happiness is an important aspect of my work. Anytime I’m playing music it makes me happy and I want people to feel that same happiness. When I see people not moving, I will find a different way of playing the music, and make sure we get somewhere in the music to get connecting.

Born in Burkina Faso and without the presence of my parents, I taught myself to speak, read and write and now speak seven different languages. I was born into a Griot family, a family of West African storytellers, craftsmen and musicians.

We don’t choose to learn music but instead we are born into it.

Even at one years old you are just playing on whatever’s in front of you, you don’t even know what you’re doing but you’re definitely going to start banging on everything everywhere!