Sissoko, like his countryman Habib KoitÉ, is a polished, innovative guitarist and a fine songwriter.

Sissoko, like his countryman Habib Koité, is a polished, innovative guitarist and a fine songwriter. He is as celebrated in Mali as Koité, although he doesn't enjoy the same level of recognition among U.S. world music fans. The exciting Soleil de Minuit shares many of the same qualities that have gained Koité an international following. Sissoko comes from the Manding griot tradition, and he is master of the elements that comprise the Manding rock sound. He's also a very astute fan of Cuban music, and this influence plays a larger role in his repertoire than it does in that of Koité. "Safiatou," "Iri," and the title track are imbued with the rhythmic spirit that rules Afro-Cuban music, while "Boma Ma" and "Jarabi Muso" offer a definitive take on the ebullient vibe of Manding rock.—PVV

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