Ballake Sissoko & Baba Sissoko

Ballake Sissoko & Baba Sissoko
  • country:Mali
  • style(s):Manding
  • type:Duo
  • gender:male
  • instrumentation:vocal, percussion, string, unplugged
  • artist posted

Line up

  • Baba Sissoko  (Ngoni, Tama, Vocals)
  • Ballake Sissoko (Kora)


"Sissoko squared!
Two Sissokos? No need to try arithmetic, mental calculations, addition or multiplication: the Sissokos form a whole, one piece, a sum of knowledge, practice, tradition, innovation, creativity rooted in a dynastic heritage. It is a line of griots from Mali who led to the meeting of these two cousins. Cousins in family, cousins in music, cousins in the desire to take their instruments to the borders of the musical encounters. Encounters which were numerous for both until today when the idea of being face to face finally prevailed over the many other projects. Their album is an opportunity to relive instruments and dialogues as in their youth, in the early 80s when they were members of the National Instrumental Ensemble of Mali, each taking over the place of his own father. Now, they play again together, in the most natural way, a brotherly encounter, fostering a music of peace that lets the warm winds of West Africa blow to the rest of the world." Etienne Bours