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Lamine Cissokho - "Kora+1"
Limited vinyl edition. Marvellous instrumental kora duet album, released in Nov 2017. sasf016.
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Senegalese kora master Lamine Cissokho have played kora all his life. This has led him all over the world and to many musical collaborations - he's been praised by leading kora players like Toumani Diabaté etc.
Lamine is currently living in Sweden where he is constantly touring in different line-up's. Up 'til now he has released two previous solo albums. Full of great singing and rhythms- This is something else.
2016 Lamine met up with producer (and Sing a song fighter label
founder) Karl Jonas Winqvist. They were discussing a trip to Senegal.
Karl Jonas also asked to produce a solo album with Lamine:
Jonas: "I think Lamine's kora playing is exceptional. So, I started to
dream up this instrumental album where it's just Lamine and his kora and
then let them meet another musician on every track. Like duets with no
words. At the moments I was listening a lot to Charlie Haden's great
album "closeness" which is instrumental duets with Alice Coltrane, Keith
Jarrett etc...And Lamine liked the idea as much as me. So, I invited
six of my favorite swedish musicians to let them meet Lamine and his
kora one by one. We recorded the duets live in a great old studio in
Stockholm during two long days. I was blown away. By Lamine's beautiful
compositions and by all the involved musicians.
This album is a free flowing spirit and should rightfully put Lamine Cissokho on the map as one of the most exciting and brilliant kora players there is."
Lie down for 6 minutes and have a listen to the opening track "Ma Pierre": https://soundcloud.com/singasongfighter/sets/ma-pierre-lamine-cissokho/s-8mfUi
Ma Pierre Lamine Cissokho -kora, Lisa Långbacka - accordion
Lamine Cissokho -kora,Iiris Viljanen - fender rhodes
Lamine Cissokho -kora, Emil Skogh - upright bass
Lamine Cissokho -kora, Tomas Hallonsten -synthesizer
Lamine Cissokho -kora, Abdou Cissokho -kora
Mansane Cisse / kelefaba
Lamine Cissokho -kora, Liliana Zavala -percussion
Here's a video for the great 3rd track "tamalalou" where Lamine Cissokho (kora) meet jazz player Emil Skogh (upright bass). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwOvl1sTtO4