Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal – Mama FC
Ballaké Sissoko is about to embark on the UK tour. Starting with an appearance on BBC Two’s Later….with Jools Holland on the 29th of October, Sissoko along with his Quartet and special guest Babani Kone – and impressive musician in her own right – will be touring the UK through the whole of November. His performance in London will form part of the London Jazz Festival.
When Ballaké Sissoko last appeared as the Track of the Week it was with a track from his most recent album – the one he is presumably promoting through the tour above. However, this week we return to some of his earlier work with cellist Vincent Segal. Their collaborative works were released as in an album entitled “Chamber Music”. This masterpiece rocketed both artists into international recognition and Sissoko has been regarded as one of the great kora players of the modern age by ever more people ever since.
To celebrate and welcome Ballaké to the United Kingdom this week’s track returns to this great collaboration. It shows off some of his greatest traits; his mastery of the kora, his trademark delicacy and effortlessness, and the soothing and subtle approach to music that must make him a dream to work alongside. Nothing is left to chance. One commentator even makes that points that “the silences are full of meaning”.