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At Peace - Ballake Sissoko

Ballake Sissoko Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 Feb 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: No Format
  • ASIN: B009EA69FC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1. Maimouna 3'35
2. Boubalaka 4'41
3. Badjourou 4'00
4. Kabou 4'14
5. Nalesonko 5'51
6. Kalata Diata 5'21
7. N'Tomikorobougou 10'20
8. Asa Branca 3'09
9. Kalanso 3'15

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In 2009, in the depths of the Malian night, Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal recorded the stripped down dialogues of Chamber Music. The album collected rave reviews and became an instant classic. But Ballaké Sissoko isn t in the business of sequels. 'I didn't want to do Chamber Music all over again,' confirmed Ballaké Sissoko, 'I wanted to work in its continuation.' At Peace relies on the strong bond that unites its actors, but it is also an adventurous record, full of chance encounters and acrobatics. The peace displayed in the album is the peace of the brave, of musicians who aren't afraid to rub shoulders with the unexpected and unprecedented. Three of the nine tracks are solo kora, the others feature some or all of the Special Guests: Vincent Segal (cello), Aboubacar Diabaté (12-string guitar), Moussa Diabaté (guitar) and Fassery Diabaté (balafon).


This isn't an album that will sweep you off your feet with it's danceable rhythms, but will delight you with its artistry and integrity. FOUR STARS Top of the World award --Songlines

Ballake Sissoko is a master of the Malian kora, one of the glories of West African music. There are solo kora pieces at the beginning, middle and end of this album, interspersed with small instrumentals with guitars, marimba-like balafon, and the cello of Vincent Segal, with whom Ballake recorded Chamber Music, an acclaimed duo album in 2009. This is an intimate and beautiful set, with the varied instrumental textures of Kalata Diata, and the lengthy kora and guitar duet, N Tomikorobougou, recorded in Ballake s compound in Bamako. This isn t music for dancing to but simply for chilling out and enjoying life. FOUR STARS --London Evening Standard

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Music 13 Feb 2013
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Continuing from his 'Chamber Music', this is more of the same, but with added refinement, grace and reserved passion.

Totally enjoyable, I am engrossed in the beauty of his playing, his accompanists, and the wonderful peaceful feelings this evokes.

Buy it : you will not regret the decision.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime 9 May 2013
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This is a beautiful recording that captures the essence of the music. Ballake Sissoko offers music to bring the soul to peace!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, meditative music from Mali 6 Feb 2013
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on
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Ballake Sissoko
"At Peace"
(Six Degrees, 2013)

A lovely, melodic, meditative set by Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko, joined on many tracks by cellist Vincent Segal, who previously collaborated with Sikkoso on the 2011 album "Chamber Music." This is beautiful music, stuff that makes you slow down and adjust yourself to a more contemplative tempo. It's not new age-y or muzak, but it is a very calm, measured music, and many listeners -- fans of Toumani Diabate, et. al. -- will enjoy it greatly. One treat for this fan of Brazilian music, amid all the African melodies, was the unexpected addition of Luiz Gonzaga's "Asa Branca," one of the greatest and best-known oldies in the Brazilian canon. A sweet record which will captivate many listeners. (DJ Joe Sixpack)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect title 12 May 2013
By John B. - Published on
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This excellent collection of solo kora, duet (kora-guitar and kora-cello), and ensemble pieces also, I think, provides the listener with a fine sampler of the state of contemporary kora music. It isn't as stylistically diverse as Toumani Diabate's recent work (see, for example, his excellent Mande Variations), but it does incorporate, in several pieces, Vincent Segal's very un-West African cello (as something of a continuation of Sissoko's and Segal's recent collaborative album, Chamber Music). Throughout, there's a kind of contentment with the musical state of things as regards this centuries-old instrument and its growing status beyond western Africa--thanks in large measure to Diabate's and Sissoko's own solo and collaborative work.

One comment not made by the other reviewers: This recording has a lot of "noise" in it. In many places the kora's body or neck resonates oddly, and on occasion you can easily hear Sissoko's fingers moving up and down on the strings of his instrument. I have read elsewhere that despite their size, koras do not produce much volume; recordings not made in studio environments are easy to wreck because of this, I understand. For this recording the engineers must have had the mics very close indeed (a picture on the inside gatefold of my copy seems to confirm this). I mention all of this because the other kora recordings I own don't have these sorts of noises, and when I began listening to this yesterday I was briefly concerned that my stereo's speakers were ailing. Once I realized what I was hearing and why, I also realized that the noise gives this recording an intimacy and immediacy lacking in those other recordings. Still, first-time listeners listening on a home stereo need this heads-up.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great collections! 2 Jun 2014
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I believe this release tops all of the other ones. Sophisticated and yet simple enough to enjoy the music, the artists outdone themselves on this collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars World music rules 14 April 2014
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Ballake Sissoko is a compelling musician. This is another album of his that I just can't seem to stop listening to . . .
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 2 Mar 2014
By Antiquity - Published on
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I hadn't heard of Ballake Sissoko, and I must thank NPR for making me aware of him. This album is magical, and has been playing on repeat ever since. It is soothing yet not background music; it's engaging and fully absorbing. I have since picked up Chamber Music, which is Sissoko with Vincet Segal, which is also excellent but this one here is my favorite. The kora, the instrument that Sissoko plays, is very unique and creates a feeling and sound unlike anything else I have heard. I can't recommend this album any higher.
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