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BASSEKOU KOUYATE & NGONI BA
"Malian legend Bassekou Kouyaté and his band Ngoni Ba are one of the most exciting acts in African music today. Kouyaté is revered as the world's best ngoni player (an ancient form of lute), but he's no traditionalist: he plays as if it were a rock instrument, adding electric guitar effects like distortion and wah-wah pedals.
Kouyaté's band Ngoni Ba (in the Bambara language "ba" means both "strong" and "group") is fronted by his wife, the fantastic singer Amy Sacko, and comprised of musicians playing percussion and ngonis with a range of sizes and pitches.
Bassekou has shared stages with everyone from Paul McCartney to Blur's Damon Albarn, and blown away audiences at Glastonbury, Roskilde, Fuji Rock Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and WOMAD. His sound is the living, breathing, modern music of Mali, fueled by powerful electric blues.
And the press said....
"The best rock'n'roll band in the world" THE INDEPENDENT
"Album of the Year & African Artist of the Year" BBC RADIO 3 AWARDS
"Intensity, force and electricity" MOJO
"9/10 "Ba Power feels like another dramatic leap forward and a further landmark in the integration of African tribal rhythms and western rock'n'roll" UNCUT