Episode #3202

Vincent Segal & Ballake Sissoko

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Monday, September 02, 2013

Vincent Segal & Ballake Sissoko Vincent Segal & Ballake Sissoko (Pierre Emmanuel Rastoin)

“Chamber Music,” the quietly elegant record from Ballaké Sissoko, who plays the traditional kora, a lute-harp from Mali, and Vincent Ségal, the French cellist who plays for the trip-hop band Bumcello, came about because Sissoko approached Segal after a Chocolate Genius show.  Following improvisatory leads, they wrote intimate and warm global chamber music, which sounds like it came about in the still of the night.

For this New Sounds, they visit the studio to perform some of the tunes from “Chamber Music” AND treat us to one that did not appear on the record: “Nyan'dou.”  It’s a traditional melody often-played in Bamako that goes off into a Senegalese style.  Other selections that we'll hear have come about due to influences as disparate as Don Cherry, Randy Weston, West African griots, Tricky, the Philly Sound and above all, Sissoko’s and Segal’s friendship, including a piece inspired by the soccer club on which both of their sons play.

PROGRAM #        3202, with Vincent Segal and Ballake Sissoko (First aired on 5/6/11)                                                         





Ballaké Sissoko, Vincent Ségal

Chamber Music

Wo Yé N'gnougobine, excerpt [1:00]

Six Degrees Records #1171
or via* or download from

Afel Bocoum, Damon Albarn, Toumani Diabate

Mali Music

Niger [3:52]

Astralwerks #41019

Ballaké Sissoko & Toumani Diabate

New Ancient Strings

Bi Lambam [4:58]

Rykodisc/Hannibal #1428 Available at* or

Sidiki Diabaté, Djelimady Sissoko

Ancient Strings

Sunjata [4:12]

Buda Musique 1977822
Available as an import at or through

Ballaké Sissoko, Vincent Ségal

Live, WNYC Studios, May 2011

Chamber Music [4:30]
Mama FC [4:05]

Two appear on “Chamber Music,” but not "Nyan'dou." See above.  

Afel Bocoum, Damon Albarn, Toumani Diabate

Mali Music

4 AM at Toumani's [3:06]

See above.

Ballaké Sissoko & Toumani Diabate

New Ancient Strings

Salaman [6:14]

See above.

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