Sissoko's inter-generational kora connection | Songlines
Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Sissoko's inter-generational kora connection

By Spencer Grady

Malian master of kora collaboration, Ballaké Sissoko, premieres a new video for the title-track from his forthcoming long-player, Djourou

Credit Julien Borel

Ballaké Sissoko and Sona Jobarteh (photo by Julien Borel)

Check these fresh visuals featuring current Songlines cover star, Ballaké Sissoko, performing the title-track from his forthcoming album, Djourou, a duet with female kora player Sona Jobarteh.

Ballaké specifically sought out Jobarteh with a wish to connect with a younger generation of kora players, and to reacquaint them with their common forebears. ‘Djourou’, a Bambara word meaning string, refers not simply to the 21 strings of a kora, but also to the ties which connect Sissoko to the guest musicians collaborating on his new album.

A Beginner's Guide to Ballake Sissoko appears in the March 2021 issue of Songlines, out now. Never miss an issue – subscribe today!

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