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New Album Baba Sissoko solo "Amadran"




«I dedicate this album to my family, all the Sissokos in the world!
There is just one Sissoko family, wherever you are (Mali, Senegal, Gambia or Guinea), if your name is
Sissoko, you are part of the same family, because we are all descendants of Fakoli!
Fakoli was a prince and one of the founders of the Mandinka Empire. He was a man of his word, who was
very involved in the social scene. As a legacy, he passed down to us all of his energy and force. As his
descendants, we all received a piece of him. My family received culture, tradition and music!
My grandparents who were also my best buddies, Djeli Djatourou Sissoko, Djeli Makan Sissoko, Djeli Baba
Sissoko, had all lived with the energy and force of Fakoli, humanly, culturally and musically speaking.
I had the chance to know all of my grandparents and I learned a lot with them at the beginning of my
childhood. I grew up with my father Djeli Madou Sissoko, a great Ngoni player; my mother Djeli Mah
Damba Koroba, traditional singer; and with my uncle Mama Sissoko, a great Ngoni and guitar player, who
completed my training and showed me the way to my mission. My family left me a baggage full of songs
and I can live anywhere in the world with my musical experience.
In our family we start to play music with the Tama, and then we learn how to play the Ngoni. The Tama and
Ngoni are all instruments of the Sissoko family and belonged to us even before the birth of the Mandinka
For me, this album is a journey, a souvenir…it’s life! This album comes from my heart and I recorded it
with all the love and respect that I have for my family because I learned from them that the most beautiful
things are the simplest ones.
This music and album are timeless.»

Baba Sissoko


Fasiya by Baba & Djana Sissoko



Le griot malien et sa fille sortent l'album "Fasiya" en novembre, un conte afro-soul moderne produit par l'italien Luca Sapio.

Après son duo avec le bluesman américain Mighty Mo Rodgers sur l'excellent Griot Blues, l'artiste malien Baba Sissoko retrouve le magicien soul italien Luca Sapio sur son nouveau projet Fasiya qui verra le jour le 23 novembre via Blind Faith Records. Héritier d'une longue lignée de griot, Baba Sissoko est maître du tambour tamani mais s'illustre aussi au ngoni, à la guitare, aux balafons ou au kamalengoni.

Gardien des anciennes traditions  africaines, le conteur, installé depuis 1998 en Calabre, n'a de cesse de faire vivre et de moderniser la tradition de l'Amadran, structure musicale hypnotique et répétitive aux origines du blues. En 2015, déjà il confiait les clés musicales de son album Three Gees au producteur romain et invitait sa fille aînée Djana Sissoko dans un conte soul et psychédélique.

Sur Fasiya Baba Sissoko continue ses explorations sonores avec ses percussions et son ngoni fait à la main et transformé électroniquement qu'il plonge de le bain groove et hypnotique des orchestrations cinématographiques de Luca Sapio. Les cordes pincées africaines dansent sur les envolées furieuses de cuivres, la basse funk de Matteo Pezzolet, les claviers fous de Sapio, les rythmiques implacables du batteur Max Weissefeldt (Poets Of Rhythm, Dr. John, Guy One). Enregistré en analogique, ce cocktail presque mystique est un écrin détonant à la voix envoûtante et mélancolique de Djana qui chante en bambara, l’anglais et en français la fierté de l'héritage culturel africain.


Baba Sissoko Obaland Awards


Trofeo Obaland


First Malian Musician, Baba Sissoko to receive Obaland Royal Awards Honour.

April 29, 2018



Baba Sissoko “Obaland Royal Award” honouree for Best Africa Jazz musician of the Year 2018) (Honor)


Obaland academy recently recognised  one of the most respected Malian  Jazzist, musician, multi instrumentalist and a Jeli by birth, popularly known as Baba Sissoko, born on  08 March 1963.

On the 24th February 2018, Obaland academy committee  alongside the  traditional rulers from Edo State, earlier described  his music as  “Rythms from Heaven” while Chief Aiwansoba of Uselu, one of the Obaland academy trustees, defined  the Malian’s  Jazz hit maker as an evergreen musicacholic , due to series of Baba’s tracks aired  at Obaland academy’s  studio for consideration .

After a brief debate about Baba Sissoko’s  devotion  to  Arican traditional music and his innovative styles of crossing  genres of music, like  Classical  music with his madinka Jazz and blues fusion. Obaland academy  couldn’t do otherwise than announcing the bitter truth  by concluding positively to honour  Baba Sissoko with  a monarch prestigious  honour “Obaland  Awards” under the international category  “Obaland Royal Award“for Best Africa Jazz musician of the Year 2018 (Honor)