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Kora maestro Cissokho recorded basic tracks with his Kaira Ba band/nates in his coastal hometown in Senegal, M'bour, then added various guests back home in North Carolina. Soulful B3 organ gives way to frenetic percussion during "Badima"; elsewhere, "Xarit" sweetly weaves kora and Tony Williamson's mandolin, while Shana Tucker and Tamisha's Waden's layered vocals enhance the gospel-y pulse of Cissokho's partly spoken "Story Song" and the moving "Saya," shadowed sympathetically by Eric Heywood's pedal steel. Bookending sounds of cicadas soothingly underscore natural bonds between continents and cultures,