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Yacouba Sissoko

Influenced by the different strands of the Malian music heritage and also by afrobeat, Cuban and Latino music, Yacouba Sissoko quickly made a name for himself on the stages of the capital Bamako. In the process he has found himself collaborating with international admirers of African music like Damon Albarn, Bjork and American jazz artist Dee Dee Bridgewater. ‘Ti Magnala Ki’ is his first solo album and has found a home on the revered Electric Honey label run by Glasgow Kelvin College (formerly Stow College).

‘Ti Mangala Ki’ mixes the hypnotic rhythms and melodies of Malian music with jazz, blues, rap, afrobeat, reggae, soul and chanson. If you’re tired of dreary, pedestrian indie-by numbers, this is a joyous diversion. The infectious feel of the music is hard to ignore, and the rich blend of influences results in an exotic delight for the ears.