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Jalikunda African Drums

Jalikunda African Drums

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Jalikunda African Drums

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  • Bring the spirit of Africa to your wedding with Jalikunda
  • A lively and enjoyable show
  • Performances carefully tailored to your event
  • Adaptable line-up, from a duo to a 6-piece band
  • Traditionally-costumed Senegalese dancers
  • PA system available
  • Soulful and vibrant sounds
  • Acoustic performances available

A blend of magical African melodies and uplifting rhythms, Jalikunda will bring the celebratory sounds of Senegal in West Africa to your occasion. This friendly, professional outfit always tailor their set-list to suit individual events, and performances can be vividly augmented with energetic, colourful, traditional dancers.

If you'd like this exceptional ensemble to bring the spirit of Africa to your wedding, send over an enquiry to find out more. Just click on the green tab above, or reveal the telephone number and give them a call.


For brides and grooms who are seeking a vibrant performance for their wedding reception, then make sure you check out Jalikunda.

Jalikunda was formed by Senegal-born Mamadou Cissoko, an exceptional Kora and Djembe player, and the group now comprises him and his extended family members!

Based in Bristol, these friendly professional musicians combine to make one of the foremost African ensembles in the country, and travel all around the UK to bring the rich musical heritage of Senegal to wedding receptions and ceremonies.

The music features delicate, melodic strumming of the harp-like Kora, supported by energetic, infectious rhythms created with the traditional hand-played Djembe drum.

Jalikunda always brings plenty of joy to happy couples around the nation.

Jalikunda is ideal for African weddings, multi-cultural and interfaith weddings. Or, for traditional British weddings who are looking for a contemporary and modern twist.


Jalikunda presents an expansive repertoire filled with the traditional songs, rhythms and dances of Senegal. Their upbeat and authentic tracks will leave your guests in awe.

The use of traditional instruments creates an unrivalled performance like no other. The mixing of musical tones and sounds create complex rhythms for dancing feet to follow.

Take a look at the videos to see their mesmerising performance in action! An ideal way to hear their perfected craft and imagine them at your special day.

Performance and Audio

Jalikunda will consult with you in detail before the event to ensure their performance is tailored to your every requirement. In their performance, the magic of music and storytelling will effortlessly come together.

Jalikunda can perform for up to 3 hours with three 40 minute sets or two 60 minute sets, ideal for couples who want music to be at the heart of their wedding celebrations.

For small, intimate weddings, a Djembe and Kora duo can perform acoustically, perfect for brides and grooms who are having a festival outdoor wedding and ceremony.

Choose from two to eight members with prices ranging from £385 to £1535.00.

For larger parties, Jalikunda can provide an animated 6-piece band accompanied by 3 costumed dancers, bringing a PA system to amplify and enhance the performance.

This exhilarating and colourful performance won't ever leave your memory.

Jalikunda - Allalamina


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Jalikunda - Nelson Mandela

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  • G. Guest

    Absolutely wonderful performances. The dancing was wonderful and the string harp a delight. They were SO enthusiastic with their dancing was OMG so energetic. Would not have missed it for the world.

  • Michael Dumbili

    Jalikunda were absolutely brilliant! So friendly, punctual and professional, everyone loved them. Couldn’t have asked for more! If there is ever another party planned, I will definitely have them round. Please pass on my regards to them. Thanks again for organising!

  • Rachel and Dietmar Wenzel - October 22, 2017

    Just to thank you both so so much for an amazing surprise for our wed-fest guests last weekend, it was totally the perfect wow factor, and you sounded amazing.

  • Sarah and Craig Rogers

    We booked a duo from Jalikunda to play at our wedding in May 2016. Mamadou and Amadou were absolutely fantastic, we couldn’t have been happier with the performance or with the help given to organise it beforehand.

    The performance was kept a surprise for our guests and it was brilliant to get everyone dancing after our reception dinner. I would highly recommend this band to anyone wanting a performance by an African band that is both chilled and up-beat at the same time, it was totally unique and everyone loved it.

    Mamadou and Amadou – Thank you both so much for really making our wedding day such a fantastic experience.

  • Nat&Dan

    Just to say thank you so much for playing at my wedding in September, you guys both made my day and you were awesome. Thanks!

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