Will Ridenour is a musician from Greensboro NC, specializing in folkloric percussion from numerous international traditions, as well as the kora. Since 1998, Will has studied with master kora and percussion teachers in Mali, Senegal, Sweden, and the US and has appeared in 40 US states and 28 countries worldwide.
His primary kora teachers are Dialy Mady Cissoko (Mali), Jely Fily Sacko (Mali), Madya Diebate (Senegal), and Youssoupha Cissokho (Senegal). Along with the Kora, he has studied West-African and Afro-Cuban percussion with accomplished teachers such as Madou Dembele (Ivory Coast), Mohammed Da Costa (Guinea), Michael Spiro (USA / Cuba), Thione Diop (Senegal) and Haruna Sidibe (Mali).
Will holds a B.A. in Anthropology from UNC-Chapel Hill and has been the recipient of two NC Arts Council grants for musical projects centering around the kora. He currently performs with a variety of groups including Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, Wind & Stars, Rumi By Candlelight, and various other projects in central North Carolina.