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WOMAD I: Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal, Aziz Sahmaoui & the University of Gnawa | reviews, news & interviews

WOMAD I: Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal, Aziz Sahmaoui & the University of Gnawa

WOMAD I: Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal, Aziz Sahmaoui & the University of Gnawa

Musicians who shine brightly without outshining each other

Vincent Ségal and Ballaké Sissoko: neither of them plays to the gallery

Late on Friday night at WOMAD, on the more intimate Charlie Gillett Stage in Charlton Park, there was an unusual cross-cultural treat. Ballaké Sissoko is one of Mali’s most accomplished kora players: not as well known as his Bamako next-door neighbour Toumani Diabaté and more firmly rooted in Manding musical tradition, but undoubtedly in the same class. Vincent Ségal is a brilliant French cellist who moves with consummate ease from the classical repertoire to free jazz. They are both technical virtuosi but neither of them plays to the gallery.

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Unbelievable, what a great fusion this will turn out to be lsuch as greats like, Peter Gabriel/Youssous Ndour, Sting and Cheb Mami etc

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