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Album Review

Ablaye Cissoko / Volker Goetze: Amanke Dionti

Read "Amanke Dionti" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Amanké Dionti is the most curiously beautiful record to hit shelves in the first half of 2012. Senegalese kora master Ablaye Cissoko and German trumpeter Volker Goetze have created a warm, engrossing, transcendent album that's glazed over with stark beauty and slight reverb, making it sound like a meeting of West African ideals and ECM-style production values. Goetze and Cissoko first crossed paths while performing in the African-European Jazz Orchestra, opening shows for Youssou N'Dour in 2001. ...

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Ablaye Cissoko + Volker Goetze: Sira

Read "Sira" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza


Music has long transcended geographical and cultural barriers to forge new sounds. That bond is manifested once more in the collaboration between vocalist and kora player Ablaye Cissoko and trumpeter Volker Goetze.

Cissoko and Goetze met in 2001 at the African-European Jazz Orchestra rehearsals in Senegal, where they were to open for Youssou N'Dour. Out of that meeting came the decision to record together. It was a judicious one.

Cissoko plays the kora, a 21-string instrument. ...

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Ablaye Cissoko & Volker Goetze: Sira

Read "Sira" reviewed by Martin Gladu


It is often said an image is worth a thousand words. Well, now that the concept of the album cover has been relegated to mere packets of metadata--at best experienced via the tiniest screen-mounted, portable music devices--it appears rather sad that fans will likely miss out on Ablaye Cissoko and Volker Goetze's cover of Sira. Somewhat banal in its aesthetic, it does however cleverly encapsulate the record's adventurous proposition: two musicians of clearly different backgrounds standing shoulder to shoulder in ...


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