Friday, March 26, 2010

CD Review: Ba Cissoko's "Seno"


Guinea's-own kora master, Ba Cissoko, is joined by Sekou Kouyate (kora, vocals), Ibrahima Kouyate (bass), Laurent Rigaud and Ibrahima Bah (percussion), and Abdoulaye Kouyate and Kandia Kouyate (vocals). All the songs on Seno are bright and cheery with groovy rhythms teeming with melody and vivacity. This is not a traditional album, but it does incorporate the kora as a centralized instrument in all of the compositions. The style is rather modernized Afro-pop. At any rate, Ba Cissoko's contemporary song creations are fun to listen to. There is an intimate jazzy and trippy feel to some of the songs. Seno is an indelible album of great significance in the world of kora music. ~ Matthew Forss

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