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05/16/2018
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Twelve Eight

DIALI CISSOKHO & KAIRA BA/Routes: This is one of those indigenous records that you don't have to be pretentious to love. A Senegalese kora master winds up moving from Africa to North Carolina and finding some armchair travelers with axes and open ears and minds. A new kind of diaspora is born. With both ends mixing it up in fine style as they head back to Africa to record, tradition meets the future meeting cross cultural currents. The result: African music you don't have to do anything but sit back and enjoy. Dance, tap your toe, let it wash over you---it's all good. It's international fun without having to apply for a passport or take a long, uncomfy flight. Solid work the left leaning and open eared will love.