BALLAK SISSOKO - DJOUROU [CD]
Cat. no: NOF50
Release Date: 9th April 2021
Genre: World Music
With his new solo album Djourou, Malian composer Ballake Sissoko connects with artists from distant horizons.
“Djourou is the cord that connects me to other people,” says Ballake Sissoko with characteristic simplicity. It is a magnificent distillation of that same art: the art of being yourself and being with others. It combines pieces in which Ballake converses, all alone, with his kora, and others in which he takes palpable pleasure in dialoguing with musicians whose contributions come across like declarations of love.
Ballake links with the singer Camille, the band Feu!Chatterton, famous French MC Oxmo Puccino, the clarinetist Patrick Messina, the singer Piers Faccini, Salif Ke ta’s sacred voice, the gifted kora-player Sona Jobarteh, alongside cellist and longtime musical partner, Vincent Segal.
Ballake is an improviser and prodigy who is still reinventing himself and who takes his art to explore other worlds. Djourou presents the Malian kora player’s music in all its multi-faceted forms: intimate and universal, singular and plural, solo or in conversation.
Ballake Sissoko on the Cover of Songlines in February 2021.
CD: Demba Kunda / Djourou Ft. Sona Jobarteh / Jeu Sur La Symphonie Fantastique Ft. Patrick Messina & Vincent Segal / Guelen Ft. Salif Ke ta / Kora Ft. Camille / Mande Tabolo / Frotter Les Mains Ft. Oxmo Puccino / Kadidja Ft. Piers Faccini / Un V tement Pour La Lune