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Ba Cissoko: Electric Griot Land

Ba Cissoko; Sekou Kouyate; Featuring: K Naan; Amad
Label:  Sterns   Catalog #: 001  
Number of Discs: 1 
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Two kora players, cousins from an ancient griot family. One, Ba Cissoko himself, plays in the traditional, intricate, acoustic style. The other, Sekou Kouyate, has customized his instrument, electrified it, added effects pedals. He even plays it behind his head, just like Jimi Hendrix. And, just like Jimi Hendrix set fire to the blues, modernized them, transgressed them, but still honoured them, Ba Cissoko (the band) set fire to, yet still honour, the Mandingue tradition. To promote 'Sabolan', their trail-blazing debut album, Ba Cissoko took on a massive European tour in 2004, including UK dates at Womad, Africa Oye and Momo's. Their hard work paid off - they won many new friends and they were nominated as best newcomers in the 2005 BBC Read more World Music Awards. 'Electric Griot Land', the storming follow-up album, features special guest appearances from: K'Naan, the Somalian rapper known as the Dusty-Foot Philosopher, Amadou Bagayoko of Amadou & Mariam, Tiken Jah Fakoly, Ivorian reggae star, and Les Nubians, Afropean hip-hop laydees. Read less

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