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The new album Kiriké has provided a platform for Kassé Mady to celebrate his position as one of Mali's greatest voices in distinguished company. Thealbum is the third in a series born out of the friendship between the young Malian kora maestro Ballaké Sissoko and the iconoclastic French cellist VincentSegal. Already this friendship has resulted in two beautiful albums, Chamber Music (2009) and it's follow-up At Peace (2012), both released on the NoFormat! Label. Kirike, like the other two albums in the series, exemplifies a more intimate musical current that has been emerging in Bamako, one that'scloser to the acoustic sound of tradition. Having long been admirers of Kassé Mady, Ballaké and Vincent dreamt of assembling a royal 'cast' around himand making an album worthy of his extraordinary voice. So it was that three virtuoso soloists came together, childhood friends, one-time members of theNational Instrumental Ensemble of Mali, and scions of Mali's great griot dynasties. Ballaké Sissoko is the son of Djelimady Sissoko, the musical giant whorecorded the album Ancient Strings, a cornerstone of modern kora music. Balafon player Lansiné Kouyaté is the son of Siramori Diabaté. (and so relatedto Kassé Mady). And ngoni player Makan Tounkara, aka 'Badié', grew up in the heart of the Instrumental Ensemble, his father being one of it's directors. The centerpiece is Kassé Mady's voice. He sings in Bambara, the dominant language of southern Mali, and in doing so 'the man with the voice of velvet' reveals an altogether different personality: an old man of the soil grumbling at the margins of his field in a language infinitely rootsier and more flavoursome than the grand Malinké of the classic griot praise-songs. A fifty-year long career hasn't blunted his high-notes, but rather added richness to the astonishing gentleness of his baritone, making his voice better suited to this 'chamber music' than to the brilliant sheen of fusionistic pop. It is a sound attuned to the modern ear, a consecration of one of Mali's greatest voices. Kassé Mady Diabaté - vocalsMakan "Badgé" Tounkara - ngoniLansine Kouyate - balafonBallaké Sissoko - koraVincent Segal - cello Produced by Vincent Segal.
The new album Kiriké has provided a platform for Kassé Mady to celebrate his position as one of Mali's greatest voices in distinguished company. Thealbum is the third in a series born out of the friendship between the young Malian kora maestro Ballaké Sissoko and the iconoclastic French cellist VincentSegal. Already this friendship has resulted in two beautiful albums, Chamber Music (2009) and it's follow-up At Peace (2012), both released on the NoFormat! Label. Kirike, like the other two albums in the series, exemplifies a more intimate musical current that has been emerging in Bamako, one that'scloser to the acoustic sound of tradition. Having long been admirers of Kassé Mady, Ballaké and Vincent dreamt of assembling a royal 'cast' around himand making an album worthy of his extraordinary voice. So it was that three virtuoso soloists came together, childhood friends, one-time members of theNational Instrumental Ensemble of Mali, and scions of Mali's great griot dynasties. Ballaké Sissoko is the son of Djelimady Sissoko, the musical giant whorecorded the album Ancient Strings, a cornerstone of modern kora music. Balafon player Lansiné Kouyaté is the son of Siramori Diabaté. (and so relatedto Kassé Mady). And ngoni player Makan Tounkara, aka 'Badié', grew up in the heart of the Instrumental Ensemble, his father being one of it's directors. The centerpiece is Kassé Mady's voice. He sings in Bambara, the dominant language of southern Mali, and in doing so 'the man with the voice of velvet' reveals an altogether different personality: an old man of the soil grumbling at the margins of his field in a language infinitely rootsier and more flavoursome than the grand Malinké of the classic griot praise-songs. A fifty-year long career hasn't blunted his high-notes, but rather added richness to the astonishing gentleness of his baritone, making his voice better suited to this 'chamber music' than to the brilliant sheen of fusionistic pop. It is a sound attuned to the modern ear, a consecration of one of Mali's greatest voices. Kassé Mady Diabaté - vocalsMakan "Badgé" Tounkara - ngoniLansine Kouyate - balafonBallaké Sissoko - koraVincent Segal - cello Produced by Vincent Segal.
657036121423
Kasse Mady Diabate - Kirike

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Format: CD
Label: SIXD
Rel. Date: 01/06/2015
UPC: 657036121423

Kirike
Artist: Kasse Mady Diabate
Format: CD
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DISC: 1

1. Simbo
2. Sori
3. Ko Kuma Magni
4. Sadjo
5. Toumaro
6. Kiriké
7. Douba Diabira
8. Hera

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The new album Kiriké has provided a platform for Kassé Mady to celebrate his position as one of Mali's greatest voices in distinguished company. Thealbum is the third in a series born out of the friendship between the young Malian kora maestro Ballaké Sissoko and the iconoclastic French cellist VincentSegal. Already this friendship has resulted in two beautiful albums, Chamber Music (2009) and it's follow-up At Peace (2012), both released on the NoFormat! Label. Kirike, like the other two albums in the series, exemplifies a more intimate musical current that has been emerging in Bamako, one that'scloser to the acoustic sound of tradition. Having long been admirers of Kassé Mady, Ballaké and Vincent dreamt of assembling a royal 'cast' around himand making an album worthy of his extraordinary voice. So it was that three virtuoso soloists came together, childhood friends, one-time members of theNational Instrumental Ensemble of Mali, and scions of Mali's great griot dynasties. Ballaké Sissoko is the son of Djelimady Sissoko, the musical giant whorecorded the album Ancient Strings, a cornerstone of modern kora music. Balafon player Lansiné Kouyaté is the son of Siramori Diabaté. (and so relatedto Kassé Mady). And ngoni player Makan Tounkara, aka 'Badié', grew up in the heart of the Instrumental Ensemble, his father being one of it's directors. The centerpiece is Kassé Mady's voice. He sings in Bambara, the dominant language of southern Mali, and in doing so 'the man with the voice of velvet' reveals an altogether different personality: an old man of the soil grumbling at the margins of his field in a language infinitely rootsier and more flavoursome than the grand Malinké of the classic griot praise-songs. A fifty-year long career hasn't blunted his high-notes, but rather added richness to the astonishing gentleness of his baritone, making his voice better suited to this 'chamber music' than to the brilliant sheen of fusionistic pop. It is a sound attuned to the modern ear, a consecration of one of Mali's greatest voices. Kassé Mady Diabaté - vocalsMakan "Badgé" Tounkara - ngoniLansine Kouyate - balafonBallaké Sissoko - koraVincent Segal - cello Produced by Vincent Segal.
        
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