Ellika Frisell /Solo Cissokho / Rafael Sida: Now (2013)
The trio weave traditional tunes from the rich Swedish folk and West-African griot legacies, spiced with Latin rhythms in such an organic manner that bridges geographic distances and cultural differences still highlights the strong individuality of each musician. All three are master storytellers who can create detailed and colorful dramas within a short song. Best exemplified in the enchanting "Sanka/Virrvals," a powerful story about an African medicine-woman, now enjoying the beautiful Swedish nature scenery and dancing to the fast flamenco rhythm Buleria or the infectious "Dolo/Porque Se Fue," that quotes a Latin-American hit from the Sixties.
The three wander leisurely between the traditions, back and forth, ornamenting and enriching the other, in an effortless, empathic and supportive interplay, deep in a a new, untimely, long and emotional conversation. The medley "Brurleken Hennes Mor/Väder/Saragode/Sambembe," blends naturally and playfully the songs from the mountain villages in the west of Sweden, the traditional Afro-Cuban chant and West-African dance that blurs all borders and the heartfelt dedication to the great West-African fiddle, riti, player "Djibril," sounds as if he was a Swedish hero. "Saya/Vägen" combines a soulful song of Cissokho in memory of his late sister with a delicate fiddle tune of Frisell, both celebrate the joy of living. They conclude with a beautiful traditional song from Guinea, "Wousse" (love), sharing the innocent and profound connection between these unique musicians.
Track Listing: Brudpolska efter Janissa Per Hansson; Sanka/Virrvals; Skänklåt från Bingsjö/Sahadougou/Kelefapolska/Kelefaba; Nanibaly; Dolo/Porque Se Fue; Brurleken Hennes Mor/Väder/Saragode/Sambembe; Casesolo; Djibril; Saya/Vägen; Wousse.
Personnel: Ellika Frisell: violin, viola; Solo Cissokho: kora, voice; Rafael Sida” percussion, voice.
Record Label: Country & Eastern