BoujouBumBastick is the harmony between the kora, bass, and drum. This unique trio-based group was conceived in October 2,000. Since that time, they have developed a sound and style of their own. This blend of African and American styles has created a new sound in the African-American music genre. Their music is full of passion and power, embodying much of the Old (Tradition) and the New (School). Their sound is identifiable by its simplicity and straightforwardness. The result, contemporary beats mixed with Traditional rhythms accompanying a 21st century Griot.
The group features the Senegalese Sensation, Badialy Cissoko. Badialy, nicknamed "BouJou," is a virtuoso kora player and an exceptional singer. BouJou writes and sings about his love for God, and of his many experiences in life. Accompanying him on bass guitar is Mark London Sims. Mark provides the bottom end; laying down a thick heavy groove with his mix of reggae, funk, and world styles. Drummer Marcus L. Miller adds his "Rhythmic Sense" to the mixture, by supplying rhythms and beats from Africa, Jamaica, and the Americas. Miller brings the swing that propels the rhythm.
In its short time, BoujouBumBastick has recorded one album entitled All Same to God and is soon to release it's follow up CD. The group has appeared at the Knitting Factory-L.A., Reggae on the River, the North Beach Jazz Festival, the Harriet & Charles Luckman Theatre, Boston's NEMO conference, and collaborated with the Lula Washington Dance Theatre at the John Anson Ford Theatre.