Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal

Master kora player Ballaké Sissoko and cellist Vincent Ségal perform their own unique blend of West African troubadour songs and Baroque music.

Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal

About Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal

After years of touring together, legendary kora authority Ballaké Sissoko and cellist Vincent Ségal have created their own hybrid tradition that draws on ancient West African troubadour songs and Baroque music with a clearly modern sensibility. Together the duo were awarded the Victoire de la Musique (often considered the French Grammy Award) for their album Chamber Music.

One of todayʼs leading kora masters, Malian musician Sissoko found success as a recording artist, often in collaboration with other world-renowned artists, most notably his cousin Toumani Diabaté. Their spellbinding 1999 album New Ancient Strings paid tribute to the highly respected collection of kora duets recorded by their fathers in 1970, Ancient Strings.

Ségal, a former member of the French National Orchestra, joins Sissoko in an intimate performance combining classical cello and 21-string kora.


Venue: Old College Quad - University of Edinburgh, South Bridge, Edinburgh, EH8 9YL

Our Old College Quad outdoor venue is home to our afternoon chamber music series, a session of traditional Scottish music, five nights of inspirational spoken word and unmissable late night cabaret.

Our outdoor venues are covered, but you should come dressed appropriately for the weather, including suitable footwear for walking across grass.

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