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West African music night at Pisgah
Black Masala @ Creative Alliance w/ Kaira Ba! (Baltimore, MD)
Sounds Like: Toubab Krewe, Toumani Diabate, We love Youssou N'dour, Salif Keita Official Fan Page, Vieux Farka Touré
Bio: Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba features Senegalese griot Diali Keba Cissokho—a vocalist, percussionist, dancer, and master of the kora (a 21-string African harp). Diali hails from a famed lineage of musicians and storytellers traceable to the 14th century in his native West Africa. The band is rounded...See Full Bio
“Aside from introducing area audiences to harp-banjo-dulcimer centaur the kora, Senegalese émigré Diali Cissokho has also effectively and impressively put his instrument at the helm of a rock band. Sure, some of this ensemble's drums are played with hands rather than sticks, and Kaira Ba's songs aren't erected or edited for typical formats. But the dynamics at work within this five-piece—the way the songs build, spiral and surge into moments of sudden triumph—should sync well with new Western listeners. Kaira Ba just might be the state's next great export.”