Lindiane by Jalikunda Cissokho has been released on all good digital shops. Jalikunda means “the house of the griots” in the Mandinka language. The griot family featured in this fantastic album is Seckou’s family: the Cissokho’s, spread all over West Africa and Europe, resulting in one huge personality across the stage.
The concept of Jalikunda was conceived few years ago by Solo Cissokho who had the vision of bringing members of his family together to share their different experiences to the world. This led to different tours in Sweden, Norway and Senegal (winter 2000 and 2001).
This vision inspired Seckou Keita, who introduced the idea to the UK in 2002, by inviting Fily, Sadio, Maudo and Maher Cissokho.
The band toured K tour included Glastonbury Festival (Jazz/World stage), Womad Festival and Window of the World Festival where the band performed alongside Cheikh Lo and Papa Wemba.
This was very successful and satisfying so he decided to produce the family album: Lindiane. It became a beautiful collection of traditional and new songs, fantastically arranged by Seckou himself.
The album was released in 2003 and the full 12 piece band toured all over the UK with a few appearances in Sweden and Spain.
Have a look at the promotional video:
More information and to buy the allbum can be found there