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Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni ba
Ba Power

 

FOR FANS OF

Toumani Diabaté, Ali Farka Touré

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT

It’s very likely you’ve never heard of Bassekou Kouyaté but he is a music legend. Known as Mali’s great ngoni (a lute-like instrument) player, Kouyaté has collaborated with the likes of Damon Albarn and U2. In Africa, he’s likely bigger than either of those artists. Discovered by the great Toumani Diabaté, Kouyaté the two collaborated often in the 80s. Ba Power is Kouyaté’s fourth album under his own name. The album is steeped in the tradition of Mali’s mande music made popular by the likes of Ali Farka Touré and Toumani Diabaté, but it’s also very uniquely Kouyaté thanks in part to his incredible virtuoso playing of the ngoni. Not to be overlooked are the lead vocals of his wife Amy Sacko whose powerful voice breaks through any language barriers. Ba Power is a hypnotic, uplifting, majestic, warm, desert folk album.

FAVORITE SONGS

Siran Fen, Ayé Sira Bla, Te Duniya Laban

RELEASE INFO

Year: 2015
Country: Mali
Label: Glitterbeat

TRACKLIST

1. Siran Fen
2. Musow Fanga
3. Abé Sumaya
4. Ayé Sira Bla
5. Borongoli ma Kununban
6. Waati
7. Fama Magni
8. Te Duniya Laban
9. Bassekouni

Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni ba - Ba Power
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