This album comes highly recommended in both 'Songlines' & 'Guardian' reviews, claiming 4-5 stars. Crossover or fusion can be tricky, as different instruments/styles are not always complementary, but here the combination of kora (the African lute/harp) and cello works very well.
Sissoko has a more rugged approach to kora than the great Toumani Diabate, but this is probably more in keeping with the earthy, mellow tones of Segal's cello. Unlike more familiar kora/guitar duos, both instruments take turns at providing underpinning rhythmns, and Segal both plucks and bows his cello, often providing a dancing counterpoint to Sissoko's dancing kora. Sometimes this is not wholly successful, for on a few occasions the kora struggles to support the 'weight' of cello when it leads (rather like a large centipede trying to carry an elephant!), but these passages are rare, and the collaboration is often a richly rewarding cascade of melodies and effects.
'Houdesti' settles into a driving riff from both intruments, so that when balafon (xylophone) provides a crystal shimmer of grace notes, the effect is entrancing. 'Histoire de Molly' is another immendiately accessible piece, with the joy of the music making (the album was recorded in 3 takes, without over-dubbing) really infectious. Awa Sanagho's richly emotive voice is an added bonus on 'Regret-a Kader Barry', on an album which reveals additional treasures on each playing. If you enjoy investigating new musical collaborations/combinations, this album is well worth exploring.