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  • Audio CD (February 5, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Six Degrees
  • ASIN: B00AMHFNOO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,000 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 6, 2013
Format: Audio CD
Ballake Sissoko
"At Peace"
(Six Degrees, 2013)

A lovely, melodic, meditative set by Malian kora player Ballake Sissoko, joined on many tracks by cellist Vincent Segal, who previously collaborated with Sikkoso on the 2011 album "Chamber Music." This is beautiful music, stuff that makes you slow down and adjust yourself to a more contemplative tempo. It's not new age-y or muzak, but it is a very calm, measured music, and many listeners -- fans of Toumani Diabate, et. al. -- will enjoy it greatly. One treat for this fan of Brazilian music, amid all the African melodies, was the unexpected addition of Luiz Gonzaga's "Asa Branca," one of the greatest and best-known oldies in the Brazilian canon. A sweet record which will captivate many listeners. (DJ Joe Sixpack)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John B. on May 12, 2013
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This excellent collection of solo kora, duet (kora-guitar and kora-cello), and ensemble pieces also, I think, provides the listener with a fine sampler of the state of contemporary kora music. It isn't as stylistically diverse as Toumani Diabate's recent work (see, for example, his excellent Mande Variations), but it does incorporate, in several pieces, Vincent Segal's very un-West African cello (as something of a continuation of Sissoko's and Segal's recent collaborative album, Chamber Music). Throughout, there's a kind of contentment with the musical state of things as regards this centuries-old instrument and its growing status beyond western Africa--thanks in large measure to Diabate's and Sissoko's own solo and collaborative work.

One comment not made by the other reviewers: This recording has a lot of "noise" in it. In many places the kora's body or neck resonates oddly, and on occasion you can easily hear Sissoko's fingers moving up and down on the strings of his instrument. I have read elsewhere that despite their size, koras do not produce much volume; recordings not made in studio environments are easy to wreck because of this, I understand. For this recording the engineers must have had the mics very close indeed (a picture on the inside gatefold of my copy seems to confirm this). I mention all of this because the other kora recordings I own don't have these sorts of noises, and when I began listening to this yesterday I was briefly concerned that my stereo's speakers were ailing. Once I realized what I was hearing and why, I also realized that the noise gives this recording an intimacy and immediacy lacking in those other recordings. Still, first-time listeners listening on a home stereo need this heads-up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Antiquity on March 2, 2014
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I hadn't heard of Ballake Sissoko, and I must thank NPR for making me aware of him. This album is magical, and has been playing on repeat ever since. It is soothing yet not background music; it's engaging and fully absorbing. I have since picked up Chamber Music, which is Sissoko with Vincet Segal, which is also excellent but this one here is my favorite. The kora, the instrument that Sissoko plays, is very unique and creates a feeling and sound unlike anything else I have heard. I can't recommend this album any higher.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. DUNSON on December 27, 2013
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LOVE this CD. The strings are perfection, beautiful, relaxing, peaceful. This is the perfect CD for relaxation--it is soothing and yet melodically takes you into a state of peace. Buy it! You will be at peace.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matlab7_RecentBuyer on June 2, 2014
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I believe this release tops all of the other ones. Sophisticated and yet simple enough to enjoy the music, the artists outdone themselves on this collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charhar2 on April 14, 2014
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Ballake Sissoko is a compelling musician. This is another album of his that I just can't seem to stop listening to . . .
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellis Rodgers on May 29, 2013
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Mali, music and marvelous. I liked its easy feel. I would recommend it to my DAD, or any child for that matter.
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