Ba Cissoko

Ba Cissoko

 Marseille 03, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, FRA
BandWorldRock

“To modernize the mandigue tradition to better spread it; to transgress it, to really honour it.” When born a Cissoko, one is a kora player. The Guinean Ba Cissoko perpetuates a more than centenary history. He is the last born of a long lineage of griots, master singers and agile string pluckers.

Biography

BA CISSOKO (Guinea/Conakry)
BIOGRAPHY
Musician and singer settled in Marseille, Ba Cissoko was born in Koundara – 600 kilometers from Conakry (Guinea). With the great gap in his life, one step here and another there, shared between France and Africa, Ba Cissoko releases his fourth album recorded and mixed by Philippe Eidel (the famous producer of Khaled and the Gyspy Kins…). This meeting turned as a revelation between the marabout of recording studios (Philippe Eidel) and the master of kora (Ba Cissoko) giving a new look at the world.
Ba Cissoko plays with his long time sidemen, his young cousins (Sekou Kouyate playing the kora and Kourou Kouyate on the bass guitar) and with his latest recruits (the guitar player Abdoulaye Kouyaté and “d’Artagnan” on drums. Laurent Rigaud known as “Samba” (percussions) and The Ava Saty Marching band, a brass band, came to perform for the first time on this new album. Together, they create a new style made to propel Combo on the international scene.
On “ Nimissa” (meaning “regrets”), the song which gave the title of the album, the band, like a giant boa, curls up a funky groove with the long tunes of the brass band. A quarry well-known by the singer. In 2006, this son of a griot, raised in the Mandingo tradition, had already experienced a mixture of West African music, jazz, funk and reggae perfor-ming in a duet with the trumpeter Gilles Poizat. The band called “Tamalou” was created with a subversive spirit, where experimenting and innovating were the main goals.
Here, with the complicity of Philippe Eidel, modernity forwards its face, its torso and its members. Successful delivery! On these 11 tracks blows a wind of freedom so necessary to Ba Cissoko’s desire of emancipation. Here, the Mandingo tunes mix with salsa, rumba, funk, jazz, rhythm n’ blues and even scat, without diming the rich tunes and flaming harmonies of this thousand-year old culture. The gap eventually turned into a bridge be¬tween different worlds which have Humanity in common, torments and joys – whatever the degree of the colour.

Baba SQUAALY

Lyrics

NIMISSA

Written By: BA CISSOKO

Money will stop, but mankind will go on” sings Ba. If Ba says the truth, the years to come will be sweeter.

POLITIKI

Written By: BA CISSOKO

Directly aiming politicians who play with fire at each election in Guinea, Politici points out that brotherhood is always better than personal interests of the political leaders.

LOUMO

Written By: BA CISSOKO

In Saraboïdo, in the plains of Badiar, is held one of the biggest market of Guinea. People come from every¬where to see the market.

NABORAN

Written By: BA CISSOKO

Un¬der every latitudes, a love song remains a love song. With a capital L, some beautiful quavers and a feverish groove. Happy Love !

KORA ROCKS

Written By: BA CISSOKO

"The future bride weeps… the wedding is cancelled” That’s the way life goes, also in Africa. Unhappy

Discography

Sabolan 2003 - Marabi/Harmunia Mundi

Electric Griot Land 2007 -
Tololo/harmunia Mundi

Seno 2009
NuitsMetis-Cantos/Pias

Nimissa 2012
Label Cristal Records/Harmunia Mundi

Several tracks broadcasted in France/Europe and USA : Silani, Bambo etc.....

Set List

1 NIMISSA
2 POLITIK
3 NABORAN
4 AKO
5 KELEFABA
6 DJOULO DIATA
7 N'GONI BA
8 TIEDO
9 DJELI FATOUMATA
10 SABOLAN
11 N'TENLEBIDJE
12 KORA ROCKS
13 LOUMO
14 SENO
15 DANDALA

Our concerts last generally 90min