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Like a trip across the world with Vince Guaraldi for adults...

I first heard this on our local station KCRW and was blown away - it's not the type of music that you'd play all the time, nor is it appropriate for all occasions, but it's absolutely perfect for relaxing and chilling. It's like a grown-up version of the best Guaraldi Peanuts tunes, with a world slant. Preview "Entre Nous" and I bet you'll buy it and then end up buying the rest of the album...

Excellence in Music

This music is absolutely gorgeous. The rhythm is not dull and lullabyísh, rather, it whisks you away to foreign dreams. Beautiful music I recommend to any musician.

I wish Ballake was louder in the mix

It's mostly Ludovico's piano in the front with Ballake lower in the mix serving more as a texture.


Genre: World

Years Active: '00s, '10s

One of the modern-day masters of his instrument, Ballaké Sissoko is a Malian kora player who found success as a recording artist, generally in collaboration with others, most notably fellow Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté. Born in 1968 in Mali and based in Paris, France, he is the son of Jelimady Sissoko, a master of the kora. Sissoko first made a name for himself as a recording artist in 1999 with co-billing on the Toumani Diabaté album New Ancient Strings. The following year, he released the...
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Diario Mali, Ballaké Sissoko
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