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Bassekou Kouyate

Bassekou Kouyate

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

Bassekou Kouyate is one of the true masters of the ngoni, an ancient traditional lute found throughout West Africa, and he has collaborated with many musicians in and outside of Mali: He played in the Symmetric trio alongside Toumani Diabate (kora) and Keletigui Diabate (balafon). He was part of Taj Mahal’s and Toumani Diabate’s ‘Kulanjan’ project, as well as being one of the key musicians on Ali Farka Toure’s posthumous album ‘Savane’ which was released July 2006. He toured with Ali Farka Toure leaving a lasting impression on the audience as the band’s solo ngoni player.

After his celebrated debut album ‘Segu Blue’ and the Grammy nominated follow up ‘I speak fula’, hundreds of concerts all over the globe, performing as headliner in the AfroCubism project. Just a few months ago, he appeared on stage together with Sir Paul McCartney, John Paul Jones, Damon Albarn and many others at the latest Africa Express events.

In 2013 Bassekou Kouyate returned with his new album ‘Jama ko’. The album was recorded during the coup d’etat in March 2012 and is Bassekou’s statement tot he ongoing crisis in Mali. The album was produced by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire, Godspeed you! black emperor)and features Taj Mahal, Khaira Arby, Mocky Salole & many others. The album became album of the year in the World Music Charts Europe 2013 and became best world music album of the year in Les Inrockubtible, Mojo, Uncut & many others.

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Bassekou Kouyate visits UK

Bassekou & Ngoni ba at BBC One’s Andrew Marr show playing Jama ko on the day after the sold out Sahara Soul performance at Barbican in London, special guest Andy Morgan.

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Bassekou Kouyate speaks about the situation in Mali

interview with Bassekou Kouyate in The Times newspaper 18 Jan 2013
If you are a subscriber to the Times also check it out here.

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Bassekou Kouyate returns with new Album “Jama ko”

Mali’s ngoni ace returns. After his celebrated debut album Segu Blue, the Grammy nominated follow up I speak fula and hundreds of concerts all over the globe, Bassekou Kouyate is back with his new album Jama ko.

Release dates:
UK, 28. Jan 2013 / Europe, AUS, NZ, 1. Mar 2013 / US, Can, April 2013

Jama …

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Bassekou returns from US Tour + new Afrocubism Project

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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba are now back in Mali after playing a sensational tour in the US with over 70 dates. They had a chance to perform in venues like the Carnegie Hall or Central Park Summer Stage and were joined on stage by the likes of Bela Fleck, Taj Mahal, …

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tourdates

Bassekou on tour

DATE CITY VENUE
11.03.14 UK-Manchester Band on the Wall
13.03.14 UK-Clitheroe The Grand
13.03.14 UK-Stockton The Arc
14.03.14 UK-Whitby The Pavillion Theatre – Tickets: http://www.whitbypavilion.co.uk/events/Musicport-2014-Launch-Concert-
15.03.14 UK-Barton-Upon Humber The Ropewalk
16.03.14 UK- Bury St. Edmunds The Apex
17.03.14 UK-Norwich Arts Centre
18.03.14 UK-Bristol St George
19.03.14 UK-Leeds Howards Assembly Room
20.03.14 UK-London Union Chapel
21.03.14 FR-Marseille Babel Med Music
22.03.14 FR-Stains Banlieues Bleues
23.03.14 DE-Bonn Harmonie Bonn - Tickets: http://shop.derticketservice.de/harmonie-bonn/seo/BASSEKOU%20KOUYATE%20%26%20NGONI%20BA_687586_details.html?eventid=687586
25.03.14 DE-Dortmund Konzerthaus Dortmund
26.03.14 DE-Offenbach Hafen 2 – Tickets: http://www.adticket.de/Hafen-2.html?format=raw
28.03.14 NL-Rotterdam Lantaren Venster
29.03.14 LU-Luxemburg Philharmonie Luxembourg
01.04.14 FR-Toulouse Salle Nougaro
03.04.14 DE-Lörrach Burghof Lörrach - Tickets: http://www.burghof.com/tickets/kartenhaus/
04.04.14 ES-Zaragoza Explosivo Club
05.04.14 ES-Badalona Ritmes & Blues
06.04.14 ES-Huesca Centro Cultural Matadero
08.04.14 ES-Madrid El Sol
09.04.14 SE-Stockholm Södra Teatern
10.04.14 SE-Göteborg Stora Teatern
11.04.14 CH-Onex Spectacles Onesiens
12.04.14 CH-Cully Cully Jazz Festival – Tickets: http://www.cullyjazz.ch/2014/programmation/
13.04.14 DE-Landsberg am Lec Stadttheater Landsberg am Lech
15.04.14 SI-Ljubljana CD Club
16.04.14 AT-Gleisdorf forumKLOSTER
17.04.14 IT- Triest Teatro Miela

18.05.13

F – Angouleme

Musique Metisses

19.05.13

CH – Winterthur

Afro Pfingsten

20.05.13

D – Moers

Moers Festival

23.05.13

D – Mainz

Frankfurter Hof

24.05.13

F – Paris

La Bellevilloise Weltmusikfestival

26.05.13

D – Dortmund

Trafico / Funkhaus Europa

30.05.13

D – Würzburg

Africa Festival

31.05.13

A - Innsbruck

Treibhaus

26.06.13

A – Wien

Jazzfest Wien

28.06.13

A – Waidhofen an der Thayr

Folkfestival

29.06.13

D – Kassel

Bergparkfest

30.06.13

UK – Glastonbury

Glastonbury Festival

02.07.13

GER – München

Club Ampere

04.07.13

GER – Berlin

C-Club

05.07.13

GER – Hamburg

Fabrik

06.07.13

NL – Borne

Afrikafestival Hertme

13.07.13

NL -Rotterdamm

North Sea Jazz Festival

18.07.13

P – Sines

FMM

18.07.13

GER – Fulda

Burg Herzberg Festival

21.07.13

F – Bram

Radio France Festival

22.07.13

F – Langogne

Radio France Festival

23.07.13

F – Le Vignan

Radio France Festival

24.07.13

F – Perpignan

Radio France Festival

26.07.13

JP – Naeba Ski Resort

Fuji Rock Festival

27.07.13

JP - Naeba Ski Resort

Fuji Rock Festival

28.07.13

JP - Naeba Ski Resort

Fuji Rock Festival

04.08.13

F – Sete

Fiestasete

26.01.13 London Barbican / Sahara Soul with Tamikrest & Sidi Touré
27.01.13 Glasgow Celtic Connec. / Sahara Soul with Tamikrest & Sidi Touré
29.01.13 Paris La Gaite Lyrique
31.01.13 Utrecht Rasa
01.02.13 Karlsruhe Tollhaus
02.02.13 Zürich Moods
03.02.13 Bern Turnhalle im Progr
08.03.13 Australia WOMADelaide / Botanic Stage
11.03.13 Australia WOMADelaide / Botanic Stage
16.03.13 Brooklands Park / NZ WOMAD / New Plymouth
17.03.13 Brooklands Park / NZ WOMAD / New Plymouth
07.07.12 NL – Forde Førde Internasjonale Folkemusikkfestival
09.07.12 DK-Kopenhagen Copenhagen
11.07.12 D-Berlin Ufa Fabrik
12.07.12 D-Stuttgart Sommerfestival der Kulturen
13.07.12 CZ-Ostrava Colours of Ostrava
14.07.12 D-München Club Ampere
15.07.12 A-Graz Afrikafest Graz
16.07.12 I-Trento Giardino Santa Chiara
17.07.12 D-Oldenburg Kultursommer Oldenburg
18.07.12 DK-Aarhus Voxhall Festival
19.07.12 D-Frankfurt/Main Brotfabrik
20.07.12 D-Bayreuth Afrika-Karibik-Festival Bayreuth
21.07.12 PL-Poznan Ethno Port Poznan Festival
13.10.2011 DUKE W’SHOP DUKE PERFORMANCES
14.10.2011 DURHAM, NC DUKE PERFORMANCES
16.10.2011 RICHMOND, VA RICHMOND FOLK FESTIVAL
18.10.2011 MEXICO CITY, MEXICO tbc
20.10.2011 NEW YORK, NY LINCOLN CENTER
21.10.2011 ARDEN, DE GUILD HALL
22.10.2011 BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC LAKE EDEN ARTS FESTIVAL
23.10.2011 BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC LAKE EDEN ARTS FESTIVAL
26.10.2011 PITTSBURGH, PA CARNEGIE MUSIC HALL
30.10.2011 SAN FRANCISCO, CA SF JAZZ
31.10.2011 SANTA CRUZ, CA RIO THEATRE
02.11.2011 MINNEAPOLIS, MN THE CEDAR
03.11.2011 CHICAGO, IL TBC
04.11.2011 CLEVELAND, OH MUSEUM OF ART
05.11.2011 ATLANTA, GA RIALTO THEATER
10.11.2011 VANCOUVER, BC RED ROOM
11.11.2011 PORTLAND, OR MISSISSIPPI STUDIOS
12.11.2011 SEATTLE, WA MEANY HALL
16.11.2011 DAYTON, OH CITYFOLK
17.11.2011 LOUISVILLE, KY CLIFTON CENTER
18.11.2011 COLUMBUS, OH WEXNER CENTER
19.11.2011 MIAMI, OH MIAMI UNIVERSITY
1.8.2011 Essakane, TBC Festival au Desert
24.2.2011 CH Zuerich Moods im Schiffbau
26.2.2011 DE Munich Ampere
27.2.2011 CH Rubigen Muehle Hunziken
28.2.2011 DE Freiburg Jazzhaus
1.3.2011 DE Erlangen E-werk
2.3.2011 AT Innsbruck Treibhaus
3.3.2011 SE Malmo Babel
4.3.2011 DK Aarhus Voxhall
5.3.2011 SE Stockholm Sodra Teatren
6.3.2011 SE Helsingborg Dunkers Kulturhus
7.3.2011 Helsinki Helsinki
10.3.2011 BE Zuiderpershuis
11.3.2011 NL KIT
12.3.2011 NL Utrecht Rasa
13.3.2011 NL Venster Lantaren
15.3.2011 BE Brussel Bozar
16.3.2011 NL den Haag regentes
17.3.2011 PL Szczezin
19.3.2011 FR Nantes Reze
21.3.2011 PL Worclaw
24.3.2011 Serbia Novi Sad
25.3.2011 Serbia Nis
26.3.2011 Serbia Belgrade
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