Baba Sissoko is from a great and ancient dynasty of griots from Mali. Music is in his blood: Baba Sissoko started to play when he was a child. When Baba Sissoko was baptized and his name was announced all the griots and griottes sang for him and the celebration went on for the whole night.
Everybody brought a gift, his grandfather, who later tought him music art gave him as present a piece of fabric called Kasà and asked them to make a BouBou out of it which would protect Baba from anything and anyone; his father gave him a Tama and a Ngoni while my mother gave me a Tamani. Now Baba Sissoko is a master of tamani (talking drum).
He is able to extract all the notes simply with a one, natural movement and has been the first one to introduce the sound of tamani in the modern music of Mali. Baba Sissoko plays also ngoni, kamalengoni, guitar, balaphon, calebasse, sildrum and… he sings!
Baba loves to integrate melodies and rhythms of the Malian tradition (Bambara, Peul, Mandig e Sonrai) with the typical sounds of jazz and blues, creating fantastic musical effects. A wide range of musical instruments played and extreme sensitivity to other musical genders and expressions, brought him to cooperate with many fine musicians.
Among others, he worked and cooperated with Habib Koite, Rokia Traore, Ibrahim Ferrer, Buena Vista Social Club, Don Moye and Art Ensemble of Chicago, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Enzo Avitabile, Miguel Anga Diaz, Omar Sosa, Chris Joris, Bob Stuwart, Aka Moon, Roberto Fonseca, Oumou Sangare, Philippe Caterina, Toots Thielemans, Kasse Mady Diabate, Afel Bocoum, Cheick Tidjane Chek, Toumani Diabate, Ballake Sissoko, Mama Sissoko.
Mighty Mo Rodgers
Mighty Mo Rodgers is a remarkably original singer/songwriter combining soulful, gritty vocals and driving rhythms with a wholly personal panorama. “My songs are all about life, and the music comes directly from my heart and soul,” Mighty Mo Rodgers says.
Born Maurice Rodgers in the steel town of east Chicago, Indiana, where he studied classical piano, he had the distinct benefit of his father’s nightclub and the up-close and personal influences of the Blues and Jazz players who performed there. Mighty Mo has been influenced by the work of Aretha Franklin, Bobby Bland, Eddie Boyd, Jimmy Reed, Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, and Willie Dixon.
One of the most important Mighty Mo‘s creative achievement is well critically acclaimed album “Sonny and Brownie” (1973). Recording together with the largest of its all-time heroes – blues masters Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.
Mighty Mo selected the Material, which featured three of his own compositions, rounded up John Mayall, Arlo Guthrie, John Hammond, Michael Franks And Sugarcane Harris and others and galvanized his relationship with Terry And McGhee. “They Were Musicians Who Demonstrated Throughout Their Careers That The Blues Is A Soulful Reflection Of The Spirit, The Heritage And The Language Of Black People In America” Rodgers Relates.