The Mallarmé Chamber Players are a flexible ensemble of professional musicians based in Durham, whose mission is to enrich the lives of the community through outstanding chamber music performance. The ensemble distinguishes itself in the community by its innovative educational programs, its commitment to creative collaboration with other organizations, its creation of significant new work and its dedication to serve a diverse population. Diali Cissokho & KairaBa take West African dance music into new territory—literally, the North Carolina Piedmont. That’s where Cissokho, a griot born to a family of professional musicians in Senegal, makes his transplanted home. The repertoire is pure Manding, the centuries-old musical culture of Cissokho’s ancestors, reformulated with modernizing impulses in a rock band format.