Reims in the North of France and Bamako, the capital of Mali, are more than 4.000 kilometers apart. In the year 1967, two musicians were born in these two cities. Considering the distance and the differences in their cultural backgrounds, no one would have thought that decades later, they were to harmonize as if they were identical twins. »Musique de Nuit« opens with the nocturnal murmuring of Bamako – an unfamiliar string instrument is gently struck, we hear the bleating of a goat. Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal have recorded the largest part of their second record on the roof of Sissoko’s house; a magical atmosphere, captured in the cover’s illustration. Six years after their debut was praised all over the world, the French cellist Vincent Segal and the Malian kora player Ballaké Sissoko have once again created a tender treasure of chamber music, transcending all borders of jazz, classical music or world music. No matter if we listen to Babani Koné’s traditional griot-vocals like in »Diabaro«, or if Ségal elicits the most pristine sounds of sorrow from his cello in »Balazando«, reminding us of millennia-old vocal traditions – the duo’s reduced music, which sometimes bears traces of Western, sometimes of Brazilian origin, overflows with great beauty. It’s meditative music, not just for the night time.