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“Diali Cissokho & Kairaba! — Resonance (self-released) Diali Cisshokho packed his kora and left Senegal for love. He joined his wife, a Pittsboro, N.C. native, stateside, but carried with him a long line of griot tradition. Upon finding a quartet of American musicians — guitarist John Westmoreland, bassist Jonathan Henderson (also of Midtown Dickens), and percussionists Austin McCall and Will Ridenour — Cissokho founded Kairaba!, whose name translates, tellingly, to “peace and love.” The CD’s liner notes shrink the language barrier, offering exposition of Cissokho’s calls for positive change. The music, though, needs no translation. Cissokho plays his kora with rock-like exuberance, well complemented by Westmoreland’s crisp guitar work and the polyrhythmic funk the rhythm section provides.”

““Diali Cissokho’s five-piece Senegalese griot-rock fusion group’s story is told as much through the 21-string kora as it is the electric guitar, and their West Africa-meets-Piedmont vibe sounds as ageless as it does progressive.” -Ryan Snyder, Yes! Weekly”

Ryan Snyder - Yes! Weekly