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Roland Satterwhite is an American Violinist/Violist and Singer. Since 2008 he has lived in Berlin.

He performs his original songs solo with the help of pedals and the occasional sparing use of a loop machine. His songs are largely inspired by Delta Blues and west African Kora and Griot music traditions but have the authenticity of an artist who has found his own voice.  Roland has developed his own way of plucking the viola that is unique, and has lyrics covering subjects from political upheaval to love to animals. He also performs his original material with his trio, Tolyqyn.

As a violinist, Roland has toured internationally and collaborated with musicians as diverse as Albita, Pedrito Martinez, Ariacne Trujillo (USA), Pupy y los que Son Son (Cuba), Marta Gomez, Agujetas Chico, Jorge Pardo (Spain), Marta Topferova (Czechia) Django Lassi (Germany) Fanfara Kalashnikov (Germany/Romania).


Aside from composing and performing, Roland is an arranger, producer, teacher, recording engineer, and makes music videos. For more information, follow the links from




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