Hailing from Montreal by way of Budapest, Hungary, Sophie Lukacs is a kora player, singer and composer. Trained on the violin in classical music from a young age, a chance trip to Burkina Faso in her early twenties completely changed her musical direction, and her life. It’s there she discovered the kora: a 21-stringed harp-lute from the Mandingue empire. She began lessons shortly after, and travelled to Paris for a master class with kora legend Toumani Diabaté. When he invited her to study with him in Bamako, Mali, she packed her bags and never looked back. Sophie spent seven years in Mali (learning fluent Bambara along the way), studying with kora masters Toumani Diabaté, Ballake Sissokos’ family, and two years with the Ensemble Instrumentale du Mali. Drawing inspiration from her time in Mali, as well as her earlier musical experiences – studies in classical violin, and her roots in Hungarian Jewish folk music – she has forged a unique style in the folk tradition. Sophie’s music is rooted in love, empathy, and vulnerability, creating an intimate connection with listeners.
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