Too bad I wasn’t in Paris in July. I missed out on some pretty hot concerts, including Seun Kuti of Fela lineage. If you were in the States and missed Seun play at SOB’S in New York you missed one hell of an Afrobeat show. But thinking of Seun put me into an Afro-funk state of mind. In October 2006, Ba Cissoko released Electric Griot Land, a clever play on a former Jimi Hendrix title. Cissoko, a highly talented, highly regarded kora griot musician from Guinea found his musical love when, as a boy, his uncle took him to villages in places such as Guinea Bissau and the Gambia. But it was in Casamance, Senegal, that Cissoko’s passion flourished. Today, Ba Cissoko is a world-acclaimed band comprised of Ba Cissoko on vocals, kora, and tamani; Sekou Kouyaté on the Kora and vocals; Kourou Kouyatéon on bass, bolon, and vocals; and Ibrahima Bah “Kounkouré” on calebasse, djembé, crin, and congas.
I enjoy Cissoko’s music as it fuses the worlds of Fela’s afrobeat, the licks of Jumi Hendrix, and a dash of modernity. Take a listen…The Ba Cissoko band performs in London