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My feature length music documentary GRIOT is now available online.




“Powerful writing combining jazz, classical and African elements. And if you think you know Lenny Picket from Tower of Power and Saturday Night Live, check him out on ‘Solace’.”

Jim McNeely


#1 iTunes France

World Music Album


#1 Global Hit of 2012

Public Radio International


A quiet gem!”

Siddhartha Mitter, Boston Globe (USA)


“Nominated for best traditional song“

9th Annual Independent Music Awards (USA)


“#2 Album“

College Music Journal (CMJ), World Music Chart (USA)


“A breath of fresh air, Ablaye Cissoko and Volker Goetze's Sira provides an oasis of calm in which to pause and rest, to reflect and be moved...to tears.“

All About Jazz (USA)


4 stars! “A real late-night beauty...More than a sum of its parts, a conjoining of talents that brings real magic.”

All Music Guide


“The music on this album is a revelation.”

Songlines (UK)


“A musical dialogue full of mutual listening and shared trust.”

Radio France International (France)


5 stars! “Their effortless conversation, between echoes of tradition and invented vocabulary, both soothes and thrills.”

Mondomix (France)


4 Stars! “Recorded in Senegal as a duet, Sira marks a true meeting of the minds. 10 delicate titles, a hymn to simplicity and to the universality of music. Beautiful.”

Jazzman (France)


“What’s unusual is not so much the combination of instruments, but the way in which these two musicians of clearly different backgrounds have created quite a distinct sound. The album is a wonderful collaboration of cultures and language.”

BBC World on 3 (UK)


“A captivating intercontinental exchange.”

Vibrations (UK)

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