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Bassekou Kouyate

From his early days in Bamako when he was playing in a trio together with Toumani Diabate and Keletigui Diabate till today where he is pursuing his own career, Bassekou has transformed the traditional music of the ngoni into the modern world of today. With his band ngoni ba he has created a new lineup as a quartet with a band's style of playing. The ngonis they play are still acoustic as in the old days, but Bassekou invented a bass ngoni even lower in pitch than the ngoni ba (low ngoni), and added extra strings to make their instruments harmonically more flexible. In the process Bassekou opened up the magic of an age-old music that he and his band have been playing for their entire lives, to people all over the world. Bassekou Kouyate has now become the ambassador of the ngoni

ARTICLE: MY PLAYLIST

Michael League

Read "Michael League" reviewed by Michael League

Here are a few albums that I'm listening to now. In this list, I decided to highlight several of the artists who will be at this year's GroundUP Music Festival, an experience dedicated to exposing open-minded listeners to new music. 1. Susana Baca, Eco De Sombras (Lusaka Bop, 2000) My first introduction ...

ARTICLE: SOCAL JAZZ

Leni Stern: Finally The Fame Has Come

Read "Leni Stern: Finally The Fame Has Come" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Leni Stern has long been a triumphant voice of inspiration. The truth and steadfast beauty of her lyrics and music has touched many hearts around the world. Recognition is a slippery slope, especially when one is not seeking or prioritizing it. Stern has stayed true to her roots and focused her impressive compositions, vocals, ...

Ba Power

Label: Glitterbeat
Released: 2015
Track listing: Siran Fen; Musow Fanga; Abé Sumaya; Ayé Sira Bla; Borongoli ma Kununban; Waati; Fama Magni; Te Duniya Laban; Bassekouni.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Ba Power

Read "Ba Power" reviewed by James Nadal

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 ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Kanaga System Krush Announces Tiécoro Sissoko's "Keme Borama"

Since the country of Mali has suffered a ban on music by Islamist militants, artists from around the world have come together to campaign towards promoting the culture and music of Mali. Musicians such as Toumani Diabate, Fatoumata Diawara, Amadou & Mariam, Bassekou Kouyate and Rokia Traore are a few of the most outspoken advocates of ...

NEWS: RECORDING

KSK To Release "Keme Borama" from the late Tiécoro Sissoko

KSK To Release "Keme Borama" from the late Tiécoro Sissoko

Since the country of Mali has suffered a ban on music by Islamist militants, artists from around the world have come together to campaign towards promoting the culture and music of Mali. Musicians such as Toumani Diabaté, Fatoumata Diawara, Amadou & Mariam, and Bassekou Kouyate are a few of the most outspoken advocates of Malian musical ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Moers Festival: Moers, Germany, May 17-20, 2013

Read "Moers Festival: Moers, Germany, May 17-20, 2013" reviewed by Henning Bolte

Moers Festival 2013Moers, GermanyMay 17-19, 2013The internationally renowned Moers Festival again arrived at a turning point, with its 42nd edition. It was the last edition with the famous blue marquee in the vast Castle-park of the city of Moers. Next year, the festival will continue in a reconstructed solid hall, an old covered ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Bassekou Kouyate / Tamikrest / Sidi Toure: London, January 26, 2013

Read "Bassekou Kouyate / Tamikrest / Sidi Toure: London, January 26, 2013" reviewed by Chris May

Bassekou Kouyate / Tamikrest / Sidi ToureBarbicanLondonJanuary 26, 2013Ten days earlier, the vibe at this Malian package show--billed as Sahara Soul--would likely have been jumpy rather than joyful. The northern half of Mali seemed secure in the hands of Islamist invaders, who were intent on destroying the region's indigenous music and ...

ARTICLE: AFRICAN JAZZ

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Jama Ko

Read "Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Jama Ko" reviewed by Chris May

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni BaJama KoOut/Here2013Malian 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 ...


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