Ballake Sissoko is a fantastic kora player who seems to delight in blending his music with other styles or instruments.
This music is very subtle. It's calm, complex and thoughtful. The cello of Vincent Segal fits wonderfully. It's never syrupy but often adds depth and tone not available to the kora.
The album is mainly just kora and cello weaving around one another. There is a smattering of n'goni, balafon and bolon on a few tracks. There is also one track with vocals 'Regret - A Kader Barry' with Awa Sangho. And what a voice! Wow I would really like to hear more. Awa doesn't just belt it out like some of the huge voiced singers of Mali, she uses her voice in a restrained and supple way to fit the complative music.
This is fusion at it's best!