Ablaye Cissoko (vocals, kora); Volker Goetze (trumpet).
Recorded on location in Senegal, the album Sira is a journey into a world of intimate lyricism and the result of the profound musical relationship between Senegalese mastersinger and kora player Ablaye Cissoko and German trumpet player Volker Goetze.
Goetze has collaborated some of the most important figures of the contemporary music scene, including Nana Vasconcelos, Craig Handy, Lenny Pickett and is a graduate of BMI Jazz Composers Workshop.
Coming from Senegal, Ablaye Cissoko is considered one of the best kora players in the world. His work is an extraordinary demonstration of musical quality intertwined with cultural richness. His incredible talent has allowed him to work with such famous artists as Randy Weston, Omar Penne, Francois Jeanneau and many others.
Superstar photographer Youri Lenquette (Keith Richards, Kurt Cobain, Lou Reed, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Bob Marley) has captured Ablaye and Volker in Senegal in an extraordinary shoot during the recording of the album, which will be included with the CD booklet.