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Jazz & World Music Albums Released in 2018

Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba’s music is steeped in ancient West African griot traditions, but propelled into the 21st century by the modernizing impulses of a rock band format. Agile basslines interweave with the melodic twins of kora and electric guitar, undergirded by an explosive rhythm section of traditional percussion and trapset drums. Irrepressible dance groove, serpentine guitar work, and dynamic original compositions draw the listener in. Cissokho’s electrifying voice and storytelling convey timeless themes of mythology, migration, justice, and universal love. Together, Kaira Ba’s trans-Atlantic music illuminates stories centuries-old, renewing their relevance in a globalized world. In 2014, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba received an award nomination for their album The Great Peace by the Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), the premier music award on the African continent.