Sissoko (left) during a concert in Cartagena, Spain.
|Labels||Indigo Records, Six Degrees Records|
|Associated acts||Mande Tabolo|
Ballaké Sissoko (born 1968) is a noted player of the kora. He has worked with Toumani Diabaté and Taj Mahal and several others. He can be heard on Diario Mali. Ballaké's father, Djelimady Sissoko, was a notable musician in his own right.
The son of renowned griot Djelimady Sissoko, Sissoko started playing music at a young age, as most born into the griot caste do. He played in the Instrumental Ensemble of Mali, and then with several prominent female singers before coming to fame through his duet with Toumani Diabaté in 1981. In 2000, he formed the trio Mande Tabolo with an n’goni player and a balafon player.
His latest record Chamber Music released in October 2009 is the result of a collaboration with Vincent Ségal, a classical cellist known for his work with bumcello, and was released by French label No Format! and the U.S. label Six Degrees Records.
He released a solo album, At Peace, in 2013. Ségal produced the album and plays on several tracks.
- 1998 - Kora Music from Mali KOra-Solo Album (bibiafrica records)
- 1999 - New Ancient Strings with Toumani Diabaté (Hannibal-Ryko / Harmonia Mundi)
- 2000 - Deli (Label Bleu/Indigo)
- 2003 - Ludovico Einaudi/Ballake Sissoko: Diario Mali (Label Ponderosa)
- 2005 - Tomora (Label Bleu/Indigo)
- 2009 - Chamber Music (No Format!/Six Degrees) with Vincent Segal
- 2011 - Humbling Tides (Talitres Records / No Format!) with Stranded Horse
- 2013 - At Peace
- Calabash Music Profile
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