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Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal

March 9
7:30 p.m.
$25-$30
Acoustic, Folk, Singer-Songwriter, World

Renowned kora master Ballake Sissoko is the guy non-African artists like Taj Mahal or Sting turn to when they want to integrate that harp-like Malian instrument into their music. Sissoko first teamed up with Vincent Segal, a French cellist with a trip-hop background, in 2009, and their first recording, Chamber Music, was so well-received that a sequel seemed inevitable. Musique de Nuit, released in 2015, is an even wider-ranging collection. Unlike Chamber Music, which used guest musicians, the newer album is strictly a collection of duets between Sissoko and Segal, and its strength lies in the way each artist moves toward the other’s tradition — Sissoko’s work has a stately delicacy that wouldn’t be out of place in a European concert hall, while Segal can rough up his instrument to approximate a Malian fiddle.