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Ballaké Sissoko

Ten fingers for twenty-one strings, and magic takes place, surely, calmly. Ballaké Sissoko enlaces us in his suave and crystalline sonority and his kora, magnified by his talent as a melodist and an improviser. Ballaké Sissoko is the son of Djelimady Sissoko, a great master of the Manding Kora, a twenty-one-stringed harp whose crystalline sound has conquered the international public. Ballaké is one of the best Kora players of the new generation. He started learning the instrument at a very young age with his father. Having played with the prestigious Ensemble Instrumental du Mali and accompanied many female Malian singers, he earned his reputation by performing solo, in a duo with Toumani Diabate, with Taj Mahal, and with a number of other musicians, since 2009 with Vincent Segal on the album “Chamber Music” and the new one “Musique de Nuit” both released on No-Format label. Open to all adventures and encounters Ballaké is an over-talented instrumentalist who, drawing on tradition for inspiration, has forged his own personal style

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Ballaké Sissoko at Sheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre

Read "Ballaké Sissoko at Sheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre" reviewed by Rob Garratt

Ballaké SissokoSheung Wan Civic Centre Theatre Le French May Arts FestivalHong Kong May 5, 2019 The kora must be one of the world's great improvisatory instruments, and Mali's Ballaké Sissoko is surely one of the instrument's most visible proponents. Somewhere between a harp and a double lute, the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Yacine Boularès: Coltrane by way of Descartes

Read "Yacine Boularès: Coltrane by way of Descartes" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

Saxophonist Yacine Boularès took the road less travelled to discover and develop his passion for jazz. After graduating in philosophy from the prestigious Sorbonne University in Paris, he felt the urge to put into practice the notions of aesthetics he had researched for his dissertation. Following his studies at Paris' Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique and ...

ARTICLE: MULTIPLE REVIEWS

Peo Alfonsi e Derek Gripper: chitarra classica, tra musica colta e popolare

Read "Peo Alfonsi e Derek Gripper: chitarra classica, tra musica colta e popolare" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Tra la musica cosiddetta “colta" di origine accademica e quella di matrice popolare probabilmente non è mai esistita una linea di separazione netta come molti (soprattutto in ambito classico) vorrebbero far credere. Troppe sono le influenze reciproche esercitate nel corso dei secoli, anche nonostante le diversità dei vari contesti storico-culturali che si sono avvicendati nel tempo. ...

NEWS: RECORDING

The Toure-Raichel Collective Debut Forthcoming March 27

The Toure-Raichel Collective Debut Forthcoming March 27

Touré-Raichel Collective, a collaboration between global superstars Vieux Farka Touré of Mali and Idan Raichel from Israel, was forged from a chance encounter at a German airport. Their growing friendship led to a performance at the Tel Aviv Opera House in November 2010. After that remarkable concert, Vieux and Idan, joined by Israeli bassist Yossi Fine ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Toure-Raichel Collective to Release Album March 27& Tour In April

Toure-Raichel Collective to Release Album March 27& Tour In April

The Touré-Raichel Collective, a collaboration between global superstars Vieux Farka Touré of Mali and Idan Raichel from Israel, was forged from a chance encounter at a German airport. Their growing friendship led to a performance at the Tel Aviv Opera House in November 2010. After that remarkable concert, Vieux and Idan, joined by Israeli bassist Yossi ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal: Cellos on the Niger, Koras on the Seine

Cellos on the Niger, Koras on the Seine: Chamber Music Discovers Unexpected Strains of African Lyricism and European Funk When kora-player Ballaké Sissoko approached French cellist Vincent Ségal after a show, Ségal never suspected that he'd find himself several years later on the banks of the Niger, digging into African music's introspective side with a virtuosic ...

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Unexpected Trends, Emerging Hybrids & Edgy Roots: globalFEST 2011 Artist Lineup

Unexpected Trends, Emerging Hybrids, and Edgy Roots: globalFEST Returns to NYC with 13 Artists on Three Stages, January 9, 2011 Unexpected trends are the new cutting edge: the hard-hitting Afro-Cuban percussionist quietly attracting rock icons to his shows; the expressive young vocalist invoking ancient sacred traditions with surprising immediacy; the cultural communities rich with unheralded, powerful ...


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