Ablaye Cissoko

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Ablaye Cissoko at the 2012 Seminci.

Ablaye Cissoko is a musician from Senegal,[1] who plays the kora. His show is called "Le Griot Rouge" (named after his second album) sounds about the legend of the man who has created the kora. During this performance, Ablaye Cissoko transmits with smoothness, grace and intelligence the values of a generous tradition and sings with sincerity the peace and the respect of the other. He usually plays all around the world. His tours passed through Portugal, France, Belgium, Senegal, Mali, Canada, Germany, Norway, Russia.

His newest album "SIRA"[2] is a duo with trumpeter Volker Goetze [3] and has received raving reviews and peaked in January 2009 on CMJ's world music radio charts. The album is now #5[4] on CMJ and still rising.

A feature-length documentary follows Cissoko, who is determined to preserve his thousand-year-old tradition. In the documentary Cissoko has a dream to have a thriving cultural center where children can come to learn the traditions of their forefathers.[5]



  • 2003: Diam' [Ma Case Records / L'autre distribution]
  • 2005: Le Griot rouge [Ma Case Records / L'autre distribution]
  • 2013: Mes Racines
with Volker Goetze
  • 2009: Sira [ObliqSound]
  • 2012: Amanke Dionti [Motema]
with Majid Bekkas
  • 2011: Mabrouk [Bee Jazz]


http://www.ablaye-cissoko.com : official site of Ablaye Cissoko (www.ablayecissoko.com is wrong)

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