25.11.2020

Bambara/Blues

Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba (ML)

Wednesday November 25
Doors at: 19:00
Concert at: 20:00
Price: 200 DKK incl. fee
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Bassekou Kouyate is one of the true masters of the ngoni, an ancient  traditional  lute  found  throughout  West  Africa. He  has  collaborated  with  many  musicians  in  and  outside  of  Mali,  such  as  Ali  Farka  Toure,  Toumani  Diabate,  Taj  Mahal,  Damon  Alban,  Joachim  Kühn. He  rejoices  in his family band Ngoni Ba – an unusual  band  formation,  which  includes  three  players  of  the  n’goni,  manifested  in  its  differing  tonal  sizes  and  2  percussionists  (talking  drum,  Yabara,  Calebasse).  Completed  by  the  fantastic  singer  Amy  Sacko,  the  band  performed  already  at  major  festivals  around  the  globe  (e.g. Glastenbury,  Roskilde,  Fuji  Rock  Festival,  North  Sea  jazz  Festival,  WOMAD). Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba have played several critically acclaimed concerts at Global and performed at ALICE in Spring 2019, just after the release of their fifth album “Miri” (Outhere Records, 2019). We’re looking forward to having them back this November.

 

Line-up:

 

Bassekou Kouyate  –  lead ngoni

Amy Sacko  –  lead vocals and backing vocals

Abou Sissoko  –  medium ngoni

Madou Kouyate  –  bass ngoni

Mahamadou Tounkara  –  percussion (doundoun, yabara, tama)  

Moctar Kouyate  –  calebash  

 

Said of Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba:

 

“In  Kouyaté’s  hands,  the little  lute,  with  its  skin  made  from  the  head  of  a  cow,  becomes  every  bit  as  thuggish as  a  distorted  Les  Paul.” – Mojo Magazine