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  • review September 21, 2015

    Musique de Nuit

    The collaboration between Malian kora maestro Ballaké Sissoko and French cellist Vincent Segal may be the most successful meeting of African and Western classical traditions yet. That is in part because Mande music, including the kora, is closer to a … Read more »

  • blog September 10, 2014

    Toumani Diabaté Returns to NYC to Wish Nonesuch Records a Happy 50!

    Nonesuch Records is 50 years old. And what is perhaps the most independent and durable label in modern American history is hosting a 20-day birthday bash at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Sept. 9-28. From Afropop’s perspective, Nonesuch has … Read more »

  • blog July 7, 2014

    Afropop Exclusive: “Faya” Dub Remix

    Fusion can get a bad name. All too often, the mixture of two distinct traditions results in a pallid offspring that falls somewhere in between its parents, reproducing few of their better qualities, and developing little of its own character. … Read more »

  • blog February 21, 2013

    On Tour: Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal

    Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal are hitting the road to tour their beautiful 2009 album, Chamber Music. Find dates all across the U.S. here. The duo bring their inventive blend of Malian Kora music and French contemporary and classical music to the French Institute … Read more »

  • review January 1, 2011

    Chamber Music

    It turns out that the cello is just about the perfect instrument to compliment the kora. The cello is legato where the kora is pointillist; it is lustrous and mellow where the kora is bright and brittle; and yet both … Read more »

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