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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Princes of Musique Mandingue

By Michael Shereikis

If you haven't already checked out Ba Cissoko's latest album, Sabolan, you may want to have a look. Guinean Ba Cissoko (kora) comes from mande musical royalty (son of Kandara Cissoko, founder of Ballet Djoliba), and has teamed up with Sekou Kouyaté (traditional and electric koras) and Kourou Kouyaté (electric bass), both sons of the great kora master, M'bady Kouyate. Together with Ibrahima Bah on percussion, this band is generating some fierce sounds that stretch the boundaries of traditional mandingue music. Purists may howl, but it will only add to the energy of this hard driving quartet. Brilliant musicians, and sons of mandingue musical royalty, Ba Cissoko is just the sort of group that keeps a musical tradition living and breathing.

More info on Ba Cissoko:
Listen to samples from Sabolan
Ba Cissoko at WOMAD 04
Ba Cissoko at New Zealand International Arts Festival 06
Biography of Ba Cissoko on the Radio France International website

If you happen to be in the DC area, Ba Cissoko is performing at La Maison Francaise on Thursday, April 20th. Reservations are required.

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