For his new album, the Malian musician specially invited Camille and Fire singer Arthur Teboul! Chatterton.
“There will be surprises”, Ballaké Sissoko warned us in the summer of 2020 and then performed at the Les Suds Festival in Arles (Bouches-du-Rhône) by cellist Vincent Segal. Zhuo Ru The new albums of Malian musicians, the celebrities of Kola, the harp lute of djélis, and the fanatics of West Africa have indeed attracted a diverse group of guests.
If the friendship and musical relationship with Piers Faccini, Vincent Segal and Salif Keïta are already known, add rapper Oxmo Puccino, English-Gambian kora player Sona Jobarteh, clarinet Patrick Patrick Messina, Feu! Chatterton and Camille. “I like to bring music to other universes. When I meet musicians from other places, I know we have different languages, but we can always find points of contact”, Said Balraké Sissoko.
Born in Bamako in 1967, he fell in love with Kora while listening to his father, Djelimady Sissoko, the music director of the Mali Orchestra. When the latter died in 1981, he joined an orchestra. He is only 13 years old, and his destiny is constantly changing. Ballaké Sissoko has remained in the legendary area of this country for ten years, accompanied by the local saints (Mama Draba, Kandia Kouyaté, Babani Koné…). In 1997, he recorded an album with Toumani Diabaté, another main character of Tula New and old strings, Echoing the duo formed by his father in 1970.Then he crossed the trail with Piers Faccini and continued to play Tear the sky (2006), an album by British singer and guitarist, With Vincent Segal, who was recorded with him chamber music (2009) and Nocturne (2015).
In addition to the two champions, Ballaké Sissoko’s instrument maintains a one-to-one relationship with him, Juro With the interlocutor of your choice or by NøFørmat! The interlocutor suggested by the owner of Laurent Bizot and an intimate conversation with Corinne Serres, his musician and concert producer for more than two decades. She was the one who whispered the idea of this dating album in his ear. Ballaké Sissoko explained that everything is in a flexible and smooth process, always paying attention to improvising everyone’s inspiration. “Especially with Oxmo [Puccino], The first one we started working together, then Arthur [Teboul, chanteur du groupe Feu ! Chatterton] I don’t even know Camille. I don’t want to impose a melody. They are writing letters on the spot and have not yet prepared the text. “
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