Friday, April 30, 2021

Remembering Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal in Sète in 2016

The chronology of my memories of concerts by musicians from Mali has turned out to have been all wrong: in 2016, I saw Songhoy Blues before I saw Tinariwen, and even before I saw Songhoy Blues in Basel that August, I had seen Ballaké Sissoko on kora with Vincent Segal on cello at the beautiful amphitheater of the Théâtre de la Mer in Sète on the Mediterranean coast of France. On a clear summer evening, the sky grew steadily darker and the stars came out while the sounds of the kora and the cello shimmered up the amphitheater to where I was sitting with my son Miles and my daughter Luisa. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 30 April 2021)

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