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15 Jul 2017

Ba Cissoko "Djeli"2016 Guinea Afrobeat,Reggae Cristal Records France











Ba Cissoko "Djeli"2016 Guinea Afrobeat,Reggae Cristal Records France

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Proof that harps can rock! 
This brave and original kora rock band from Guinea 
have made both startlingly extraordinary and some 
plainly nondescript albums, but at their very best have 
proved to be the masters of hair-raising forays into 
electric rock and funk, blended with reggae and 
traditional Mandinka melodies. Lead kora (harp-lute) 
player Ba is a talented songwriter of tradition 
and vision, with a great voice. .....

Ba Cissoko is not only a master of the kora and one of the instrument's leading proponents, but a member of griot (master singers, kora players, and storytellers) legacy. So much so that the Cissoko name means nothing less than kora mastery. Though his father was a nationally recognized artist, his instruction did not hook young Ba on the instrument or minstrel lifestyle, as he preferred soccer to both music and his studies. When his uncle M'Baty Kouyate learned of Ba's indifference, he offered to apprentice the boy, teaching him kora rudiments and taking him on tours of local villages, playing various parties and celebrations. As a duo the pair began to tour the nation's cities, including Conakry and Bissao, even stretching to neighboring nations like Gambia and Senegal. Some time later Cissoko settled in Conakry, where he worked at the National Children's Theatre, eventually moving up the ladder to taking work with the National Instrumental Ensemble of Guinea, again under his uncle's instruction. During his time with the prestigious outfit, Cissoko began playing hotels and bars, mixing traditional repertoire with modern influences like jazz, reggae, and more. In 1992 Cissoko took up with a French trumpet and kora player named Gilles Poizat, forming the group Tamalalou. The band toured throughout Guinea and France, playing important national stages and festivals. The band split some years later, and Cissoko assembled a group to perform under his own name, accompanied by his cousins Kourou and Sekou Cissoko. After their inception in 1999, the band maintained a busy performance schedule, creating large fan bases in France and on their native soil. Cissoko made his recording debut in 2003 with the record Sabolan. Pairing musical excellence with a mission to improve working and living conditions in Guinea, Cissoko and his band embarked on a tour that blanketed Europe and Japan. Enjoying high visibility and esteem, Cissoko and his colleagues set out to record their second record, which would push the genre-crossing envelope even farther, incorporating everything from electronic effects to English-language hip-hop lyrics. Following Electric Griot Land's release in 2007, Cissoko cracked the U.S. market with an extensive tour of the States. ~ Evan C. Gutierrez.......

In 2016, Ba Cissoko is back with his new album "Djeli", a music full of energy and maturity with the will to modernize traditional Mandingo music to open it to a wider audience! The reinvented tradition is at the heart of Ba Cissoko's work like for the song "Djéli", which is also the title of the album, in which Mandingo music is mixed with Afro beat and songs like "N'Fasso" and "Teme" have touches of Reggae.

Surrounded by his most faithful musicians, Ba Cissoko recorded the best album of his career with this new album. A sincere work, rich in tunes, multicultural showing his great artistic curiosity and his international musical legacy. .......

Ba Cissoko, a Guinean griot, was tought the mastery of traditional music by his professor M' Bady Kouyaté. Welcomed in 1995 in Marseille to the Festival Nuits Métis, Ba grew rich of various meetings with Tamalalou, Ano Neko (ex Dobé Gnaoré), Orange Blossom, Ray Léma, Yvislan, Dubians...
In 1999, he launched his band. His musical approach, allying modernism and tradition, enabled him to perform for the biggest festivals and symbolic places of the world music all around the globe.
Three years later, "Sabolan", his first album, was acclaimed by international critics. This opus was followed by "Electric Griot Land" (2006 ), "Séno" ( 2009 ) and "Nimissa" ( 2012 ).

In 2016, Ba Cissoko is back with his new album "Djéli" drawing from a mature energy, fed by the indestructible motivation to modernize the Mandinka tradition in order to illustrate it better and even transgressing it to really honor the whole. The reinvented tradition is always at the heart of his creation, in which the Mandinka music meets afro-beat sounds and reggae tunes. Ba is a multi-instrumentalist, he plays Kora, but also N’goni - a stringed instrument commonly used in Western Africa – and the guitar, singing along in Malinké, Wolof, Pulaar and also in French.

Ba Cissoko’s music is a family story and Ba is always surrounded by cousins, relatives or friends of Conakry. Therefore, on this new album, he is accompanied by a quartet composed of his cousin Kourou Kouyaté playing bass, Alhassane Camara called „Dartagnan" (an amazing drummer and percussionist), Abdoulaye Kouyaté (a virtuoso of the mandingue guitar) and Karamoko Bangoura on kora.......

Africa burns the heat of bits. This incredible continent is inhabited by a multitude of talented musicians who will surprise us for so long. Especially because the representatives of the Black Land like no one else slip through the schematics. Ba Cissoko is advertised as bark masters, a legendary African instrument. Everyone who knows the tearful aesthetics in which they create the virtuosos of this cosmic harp knows that, on their brass plates, despite their incredible charm and true hits, the candle can be sought.
Meanwhile, Ba Cissoko broke the scheme. They created an album, which from the very first notes sounds with typical West African strength. Based on the funk and reggae numbers prove that the bark can perfectly fit into less songwriterski climate. This does not mean that more fragile fragments are missing. The frontman of the band was undoubtedly named African Hendrix. His solo performances in the second part of the album will not bore even those who, like me, suffer from the very sound of the word "solo". This is not a virtuoso game for playing. Cissoko has the courage to break the beautiful melody with one hand stroke and probably That's why this record is not just another postcard from far land for bored with contemporary European music.....

Ba Cissoko is a master kora player. He belongs a long lineage of griots (jelis), master singers and musicians. His uncle M’Bady Kouyate transmitted his knowledge to Ba cissoko since he was a child. Since then, Ba Cissoko has renewed the kora while refining his knowledge of the art of storytelling.

His 2006 album, Electric Griot Land, is a nod to Jimi Hendrix’s vision, who adjusted his blues origins to his time. That’s Ba Cissoko’s musical process, who was just born when the guitarist was starting on his revolution.

In 2009 he released Séno, another nod to Jimi Hendrix’s vision. By his side in 2010, his band included his two cousins, Kourou the elder on bass and bolon, and Sékou, the young prodigy who transforms the kora with saturated effects, and Dartagnan (percussion) and Abdoulaye Kouyaté (guitar). ”To modernize the Manding tradition to better spread it; to transgress it, to really honor it,” says Ba Cissoko.....by...ANGEL ROMERO.........

Tracklist
1 Djelia 3:40
2 N'fasso 4:58
3 Djougouya 3:58
4 C'est pas facile 4:04
5 Baye fall 3:00
6 Aïba 3:30
7 Teme 3:40
8 N'goni solo 4:35
9 Mamadou 4:54
10 Goredi 3:38
11 Khebui 5:00
12 Djeguema 3:57
13 Fakoly 3:50

Discography;

Sabolan (2005)
Electric Griot Land (2007)
Séno (2009)
Nimissa (2012)
Djeli (2016)

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