Ba Cissoko

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Ba Cissoko is a Guinean world music band featuring five members, two of whom play the traditional Kora harp. Two band members play percussion instruments and one plays bass. The sound of the band has been described as "West Africa meets Jimi Hendrix".[1]


The band is named after the lead singer and electronic Kora player, Ba Cissoko, the nephew of the kora maestro M'Bady Kouyaté. Band members include Sekou Kouyaté also on kora, and bass player Kourou Kouyaté, both Ba Cissoko's younger cousins.[2]


Ba Cissoko was created in 1999 with just three members. The last member is featured on the recent album release from 2009 called Séno. The band toured the UK supporting acclaimed Nigerian musician Femi Kuti in 2007.

Sekou Kouyaté can with his electronically enhanced Kora harp produce a sound somewhat similar to that of fast guitar tapping, partly helped by the nature of the instrument. The new sound has earned Sekou the nickname of "Jimi Hendrix Africain", due to Jimi Hendrix style riffs.


  1. ^ "West Africa meets Jimi Hendrix". Joburg. Retrieved 1 September 2014.
  2. ^ "Africa on Your Street". BBC. July 2007. Retrieved 2011-05-17.

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