Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal

11.09.2017 | Category, Blog, Music/Art

Ballaké Sissoko is a Mali-born kora player.  Kora is a traditional West African harp.  It has a half spherical wound at the bottom as a resonator and a wooden stick that holds the strings.  It was January 2011 in New York when I saw him play.  GlobalFest 2011 at Webster Hall in NYC.  Ballaké and Vincent played at the stage in the first floor, an intimate venue, with mesmerizingly beautiful melodies and rhythms.  I was so drawn to their music, which I thought they were the highlight of that night's festival.  They had the first album at that time, Chamber Music.  Since then, Ballaké had his own solo album, and in 2015, they had the second album, Musique De Nuit.  Vincent is an interesting cello player.  His previous work is mostly related to avant garde electronic music.  Together, the unlikely pair creates music inspired from the traditional African music as well as contemporary European music.  Their hybrid music is relaxing, mesmerizing, and enchanting.  They recently played at Temple Israel of Hollywood, in Los Angeles, on November 1, 2017.  The night of World Series game 7.  Despite that, we had a sizable audience to appreciate this music.  Please check out their music and support them.

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