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Sound engineer training program in Mali

Abou Cissé, engineer in training

August 28, 2015

 “ The most important thing is to learn the job, understand it, and love it. And then the rest takes care of itself ”

Recording the magnificent musical conversation between master of kora Ballaké Sissoko and his orchestra that was the challenge for the young professionals of the training program for sound engineers in Mali supported by Vivendi since 2006. During the 11th edition of the training program that took place in June 2015 in Bamako they recorded « Kalata Diata », a composition by Ballaké Sissoko who created this piece for ten koras for the 2015 edition of the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music in Morocco.

In this behind the scenes video the sound engineers in training take stock of the program. “During the training, we also done live sessions and a festival dedicated to young talents” Abou Cissé says. Recipient of the RFI Ghislaine Dupont & Claude Verlon grant Sidi Mohamed Dicko explains how the Pro Tools certification allowed him to “gain the confidence of artists and studio owners”. Diakité Djénéba Sangaré, first woman technician of this program, admits that “the Vivendi training program was an eye- opener” and validates her decision to train, in turn, women sound engineers.

The training program launched in 2006 was selected by UNESCO for its contribution to strengthening local cultural capacities and infrastructures.

Save the date 
September 4, 2015 - release of Musique de nuit (No Format !) the new album of Ballaké Sissoko and cellist Vincent Segal
September 9, 2015 - concert of the two virtuoso musicians at the Paris Philharmonie

Find out more :

Made in Bamako: exclusively on "Culture(s) with Vivendi" ( January 2013)

Interview of Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal ( May 2012)



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