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Electric Griot Land

Ba Cissoko Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (18 Feb 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Totolo Ltd
  • ASIN: B000JU7IGK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When born a Cissoko, one is a kora player. The Guinean Ba Cissoko perpetuates more than a centenary history. He is the last born of a long lineage of griots, master singers and agile string pluckers. Hence 'Electric Griot Land', a wink to Jimi Hendrix's vision, who adjusted his blues origins to his time. That's Ba Cissoko's musical process, who was just born when the guitarist was starting on his revolution. He explodes the canons of tradition, crashes into them with electric and eclectic influences. By his side, a trio perfectly in phase with his desires, a "family story" : his two cousins, Kourou the elder on bass and bolon, and Sékou, the young prodigy who dynamites the kora with saturated effects, and Konkouré, a percussionist who creates an incredible infra-bass line. "Funky, sonicaIIy inventive." The Observer "Dazzling." UNCUT Tracks: Griot Ba / Silani - Ba Cissoko & K'Naan / Allah Lake - Ba Cissoko & Amadou Bagayoko / Le Reve De L'Oiseau (Koto Ojime) / Africa - Ba Cissoko & Tiken Jah Fakoly / Women (Dounia Guinee) - Ba Cissoko & Les Nubians / Adouna / Interlude / On Veut Se Marier - Ba Cissoko & Tiken Jah Fakoly / Tjedo - Ba Cissoko & Les Nubians / King Kora / Ma Grand Mere (Djeli) / Sora (Le Nom De La Kora Est Cissoko)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A modern African classic 14 Feb 2007
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album (great title too - love the play on famous Hendrix album title). I've read reviews in the press that gave it a paltry 3 stars, but it's definitely worth a full house. It's modern West African classic - fantastic rhythms, great vocals (plenty of guest vocals too), even some English language rap (but really cool, nothing to offend delicate ears). Some of the songs would be hits in the UK if the listening public was a little more open-eared. I've got a wall full of African CDs and plenty of classics, and this is my favourite album at the moment. Might be a bit early for summer, but cheer yourself up by buying this now.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommended 3 April 2007
Format:Audio CD
I first came across Ba Cissoko on the recent tour of the African Soul Rebels and was mightily impressed by them live - so much so that I bought this CD. I certainly don't regret it. There are 4 or 5 really superb melodic tracks. A couple of others are a bit bland, but for any lover of West African kora music (with electric bass and sensitive percussion)this album is highly recommended. I wonder what Jimmy H would think of the title, but why not?
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This CD is beautifully recorded, beautifully conceived, beautifully executed, and full of brillian musicianship. It's not overly African, say like township jive, rather more like good quality laid-back jazz with a strong African lilt. Like the other reviewers, I consider this one of the best African CDs on offer, and keep coming back to it for more. If you like Amadou & Mariam, Habib Koite, Andy Palacio & The Garafuna Collective, and those old faithfuls like Kasse Mady, Mory Kante, Papa Wemba, and Salif Keita, then you're in for a very pleasant surprise ... one of my best buys of the last few years.
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4.0 out of 5 stars exciting 25 April 2010
By cjc
Format:Audio CD
Try this if you want something a little different. Not really for the traditional kora audience, this is an exciting and captivating sound with some conscious lyrics on some tracks. Try it!
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
5.0 out of 5 stars Another good album from Ba Cissoko 3 July 2014
By islander - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"Electric Griot Land" is the second album by Guinean group Ba Cissoko. As with their first, it both acoustic and electric koras, blending traditional West African (griot) music with modern styles and influences.
On this album, the mix of instruments and styles is wider than the first. Balafons feature in several songs and make a pleasant addition to the overall sound. There are jazz influences in some songs and there is more of a reggae feel to much of this album than the first. Guest vocalists on the album include Tiken Jah Folly and the female singers The Nubians.
The album is just under an hour and the liner notes include brief explanations of each song.
Unlike their first album, not every song strikes me as brilliant, but overall this is a good album, and I still rate it as five stars. I recommend it to anybody wanting to hear a fusion of traditional West African music with other styles. I also recommend checking out their other albums "Sabolan", "Seno" and "Nimissa".
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