The palm-wine music of Seydu is back in his native Sierra Leone after the musician's extraordinary journey to Spain, not to mention many travels throughout Africa.
And now his talent for traditional Fullah instruments is being used to introduce disadvantaged youth to their own rich Sierra Leonean culture. In Freetown, Seydu has set up the Diamond Child School of Arts & Culture, where the students – many of whom are local street children – are sure to learn about palm-wine music. The genre is a mix of beautiful ballads, high-energy afrobeat jazz rhythyms and traditional songs inspired by the Djelibá, Mendé, Mandinga and Fullah traditions.
Guest: Seydu (Sierra Leone, Spain)
Music: From Seydu's albums Freetown and Diamond Tears
Producer: Liesbeth Tjon A Meeuw
Click below to hear an interview with Seydu and some of his music: