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Most of the songs are pinned around traditional kora melodies and rhythms but Segal does well to make them his own. His cello has a husky tone that complements the clear notes of the kora, staking its claim to its own space even when the kora is setting the tune. On `Mako Mady' Segal leads the track boldly and darkly, while Sissoko follows with his characteristic lightness. On `Ma-Ma FC' the kora sets the racing melody while Segal peppers the chords with his unpredictable plucking and bowing. The deeply resonant title-track reminds us that the kora, as well as being an instrument to fill out dance bands like Salif Keita's lively ensemble or Toumani Diabate's Symmetric Orchestra, also stands on its own as an instrument that weaves a tale in its own right. Throughout the album, Sissoko creates a beautiful, calming space in which to enjoy the cello, and Segal adds texture. This is the kind of music that doesn't happen all that often. Don't miss out.
© Rose Skelton --Songlines magazine #70 - Top of the World album review
This is a superb cd of gentle,sophisticated music played on the Cora. The addition of a cello adds an interesting bass counterpoint to the music. Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2013 by Mr. Roy Tomkinson
If you love the kora playing of Toumani Diabate or Mansa Sissoko then you will certainly love this music. Great music to relax and chill out to. Read morePublished on 18 Feb. 2013 by MR C R LITTLE
A very nice mix of an European & an African musician who both on their native instruments are playing together. Read morePublished on 7 April 2011 by Peter