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Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal - Chamber Music - 2009


The kora of the Malian Ballaké Sissoko and the cello of the Frenchman Vincent Ségal dialogue serenely and delightfully in Chamber Music, with songs by the guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli, the Cape Verdean singer and songwriter Mayra Andrade, the Brazilian Beatriz Azevedo, and the guitar duo and clarinet formed by the Brazilians Guinga and Paulo Sérgio Santos.

Recorded in three night sessions, at Salif Keita's studio in Bamako, in May 2009, the result is a little gem, the fruit of the complicity of two virtuosos. On the one hand, Ballaké Sissoko, experimenter of a fascinating instrument that transmits the culture of the West African peoples, who has already recorded with his teacher Toumani Diabaté New Ancient Strings (an album destined to become a kora classic), with the pianist Italian Ludovico Einaudi Diario Mali (2003), and with Rajery and Driss el Maloumi the fabulous 3rd (2008). On the other, VincentSégal, an excellent classically trained cellist, backed by a long curriculum as a collaborator and studio musician of multiple recordings (Sting, Cesaria Evora, Carlinhos Brown, Mayra Andrade…).

Thus, in Chamber Music it is shown that the union of north-south cultures is possible in an exercise of care, where the instruments appear clean and without additives, except that some other subtle percussion and splendid collaborations (the voice of Awa Sangho , Mahamadou Kamissoko's ngoni, Fassery Diabate's balafon, and Demba Camara's bolon and karignan). Africa in the form of absolutely captivating chamber music. 


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