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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Ba Power

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African music is on an unprecedented upward spiral in terms of popularity and global recognition. Each country within Africa is subdivided into local provinces and territories, each with their own cultural traits and traditions. Mali, of course is no exception and has been in the forefront of this musical revival. Bassekou Kouyaté is a prominent representative ...

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Tampere Jazz Happening 2013

Read "Tampere Jazz Happening 2013" reviewed by John Ephland

Tampere Jazz Happening
Tampere, Finland
October 31-November 3, 2013

It all started with a whimper. Or, rather, a quiet, almost serene drum roll. You knew things were going to eventually explode, but, of course, the getting there was half the fun. The Danish drum duo Toto was working in tandem in what ...

ARTICLE: AFRICAN JAZZ

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Jama Ko

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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

Jama Ko

Out/Here

2013

Malian ngoni player Bassekou Kouyate and his band, Ngoni Ba's third album continues the increasingly outward-looking trajectory of its predecessors. The debut, the lovely Segu Blue (Out/Here, 2007), was unadorned roots music. Its follow-up, the more visceral I Speak Fula (Out/Here, 2010), wove ...

ARTICLE: AFRICAN JAZZ

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: I Speak Fula

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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
I Speak Fula
Sub Pop!
2010

Much has been made of the symbiosis between traditional Malian and roots North American musics, of which the “desert blues" of guitarist Ali Farka Toure (1939-2006) provides convincing evidence. Any remaining doubts about west African savannah-belt culture ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Sub Pop Announces Next Ambiance, Bassekou Kouyate

SUB POP RECORDS AND HOST OF KEXP'S THE BEST AMBIANCE RADIO SHOW TEAM UP TO CREATE NEW WORLD MUSIC IMPRINT: NEXT AMBIANCE

Next Ambiance's Debut Album, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba's I Speak Fula, Scheduled for Digital Release in North America on December 1st, 2009

SEATTLE, WA -- Sub Pop Records and KEXP radio host Jon ...

ARTICLE: AFRICAN JAZZ

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Segu Blue

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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
Segu Blue
Out Here
2007

Bassekou Kouyate is a virtuoso of the ngoni (West African lute), approximating the larger kora (West African harp) in sound but with a tougher, more percussive edge. Outside his home country of Mali, where he is widely ...