Dialy the Storyteller

by Boujou Badialy Cissoko

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DIALY THE STORYTELLER

Dialy, pronounced, ‘Gee-AH-lee’, means Storyteller in the West African language of Mandinka.

‘Dialy the Storyteller’ is a contemporary blend of Senegalese Folk and Americana, that captures the prayers and masterful kora (African Harp) playing of a West African storyteller, Boujou Badialy Cissoko.

Boujou Badialy Cissoko, was born in the village of Kazamasa, Senegal, West Africa, into a family of storytellers, who keep the musical tradition and beauty of Senegal alive…..

Dialy, is orchestrated with musical accompaniment by some of the world’s top recording artists, including such greats as the legendary percussionist Ms. Bobbye Hall (Joni Mitchell/Marvin Gaye), the bass playing of Ian Walker (K.D. Lang), Jon Osman on guitar (Paula Cole), Greg Ellis providing percussion (Vas), and Quinn on drums (Tracy Chapman).

After the passing of Boujou’s father, the legendary Kora player, Bakary Cissoko, Boujou and music producer Shannon Michael Terry traveled to Senegal to record the vocal performances of Boujou and his sisters, Fatu Cissoko and Dialy Sira Cissoko. In this musical homage to their father, the sisters provided the essential feminine resonance that each story needed to complete the journey home.

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released April 13, 2013

Produced by Shannon Michael Terry
Co-produced by Keith Jones

Boujou Badialy Cissoko < kora, vocals
Dialy Sira Cissoko and Fatu Cissoko < vocal arrangement and performance
Ian Walker < bass
Jon Osman < piccolo bass and guitar
Mz Bobbye Hall < elegant percussion
Domonic Dean Breaux < saxophone and flute track 3,4,7
Papis Cissoko < keys and horn melody track 4
Don Barrozo < trumpet track 4
Paul Tchounga < drums track 4,8
Quinn < drums and percussion track 2, 5, 6
Greg Ellis < percussion track 1, 3, 6, 7
Munyungo Jackson < percussion track 8
Shannon Michael Terry < array mbira track 2
Aziz Faye < sabar drums track 4

All songs by Boujou Badialy Cissoko
Except track 6 by Walker, Hall, Ossman, Cissoko

Recorded by Keith Jones / Studio 56 / Hollywood CA / Sound Image / Van Nuys CA
Andrew Bush / Grandmas Warehouse / Silver Lake CA grandmaswarehouse.com
Moussa Niang / Studio Dakar Amoudou, Dekar Senegal

Mixed by Keith Jones / Cerro Gordo Studio / Van Nuys, CA www.recorditlive.com
Mastered by Gavin Lurssen / Lurssen Mastering
lurssenmastering.com

CD Package Design by Ania Borysiewicz / Ladder Design
Cover Photography by James Gabbard
Additional photography by Shannon Michael Terry

In loving memory of Bakary Cissoko and to the lineage of Dialys

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Boujou Badialy Cissoko Los Angeles, California

Boujou Badialy Cissoko was born in Senegal, West Africa, in the vilige of Kazamasa. Born into a family of dialy's, Boujous grandfather is still to this day King of the Kora. Boujou He grew up listening to the sounds of Miles Davis, Jimmy Hendrix, and Bob Marley. Boujou's greatest desire is to bridge his traditional family styles with a moor contemporary feel. "Music has no borders," says Boujou. ... more

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Track Name: Dialy
Speak! Speak!
Never be afraid to speak
Speak! Speak!
We’ve all got to speak our minds
Speak! Speak!
The world wants to hear your voice
Speak! Speak!
Never be afraid to speak

Oh mother Africa has to speak her mind
The storyteller keeps the beauty of Senegal alive
Put your hands on the Kora and make it sweat
Put your hands on the Balafon and make it sweat

Can you see?
the Female storyteller
the Male storyteller
Can you see?

The ambiance is here
The ambiance is here
The ambiance is here
The ambiance is here

Your word is positive
Make your words positive
We are the children of Dialy
We come from Bakary Cissoko

Oh mother Africa has to speak her mind
Don’t be afraid to speak your mind
The storyteller keeps the beauty of Senegal alive