"If Eric Clapton played kora, this is surely what he would sound like."
National Geographic Music
Ba Cissoko rose from the small West African village of Koundara to become a giant on the World Music scene. He is considered a ‘post modern griot (who projects) himself in the future without ever forgetting that glorious past’.
Ba’s band was a runner-up for the BBC World Music Awards Best Newcomer Category in 2005 and made it to the finals off the RFI (Radio France International) World Music Awards in 2004. He is beloved in Guinea among young and old alike for his traditional kora-playing as well as for his musical innovations. He is the proud successor to his great-uncle M’Bady Kouyate, a cultural icon, and thus in charge of the well-being of two large extended families.
Ba also began an annual music festival in Guinea’s capital in 2005. It is growing every year and looks slated to become one of the world’s major African and International music festivals.
Ba walks in the company of renowned West African musicians such as Baaba Maal, Angelique Kidjo, Youssou N’Dour and Toumani Diabate, who work to help their communities and promote significant social change, through the messages in their music and extensive social programs.
Ba has a sustained commitment to use this model ecoproject for the wider good of Guinea. He and his family have proved themselves to be kind, honest, hard-working and unswervingly steadfast people, concerned with the wellbeing of others.