Ellika Solo Rafael

This is music from Sweden, Senegal and Mexico in a colorful mix that also highlights the strong musical individuality of each musician. A lyrical, groovy and unique music for dancing, listening or both. Ellika Frisell and Solo Cissokho first met in Stockholm in 1998. After two prize winning albums and recieving the BBC World Music Award they have taken a further step by including master percussionist Rafael Sida in the group. NOW the new album hits the music scene NOW.

The album will be released on september 11 2013; here is a sample: Sanka-Virrvals

A double release concert together with Beches Brew BIG was held at Kägelbanan, Stockholm on september 11.

Ellika Solo Rafael won the “Folk Music Group of the Year” award at the Swedish Folk Music Gala in february 2014!

“The Ellika, Solo, Rafael album has been awarded Songlines’ ‘Top of the World’ in our Jan/Feb issue (on sale 6th Dec)”

“I’d mention a “stand out track” but to be honest, they all stand out. Now is, simply put, a success and one of my picks for recording of the year.” – CF – Roots World

Here is a video of Sanka/Virrvals

and one of Dolo/Porque se fue

In May 2019 the great Kora wizard Solo Sissokho left us in deep sorrow.

Solo Sissokho (photo by Sigge Krantz)


  1. Brudpolska efter Janissa Per Hansson (6:44)
  2. Sanka /Virrvals (4:19)
  3. Skänklåt från Bingsjö/Sahadougou/Kelefapolska/Kelefaba (8:31)
  4. Nanibaly (5:33)
  5. Dolo / Porque Se Fue (3:13)
  6. Brurleken Hennes Mor/ Väder /Saragode/Sambembe (6:00)
  7. Casesolo (2:59)
  8. Djibril (5:22)
  9. Saya/ Vägen (9:04)
  10. Wousse (3:40)

more info

Booking by Ken Day at kenday@dtours.org

Press contact: christina.glaeser@gmail.com
Photos: Anna Simonsson

A presskit with hires photos, newsletters and mp3 is found here

all records by Ellika Solo Rafael