Thursday, May 28

The Ngoni - Africa's History: Bassekou Kouyaté Interviewed

"Bassekou Kouyaté's innovation in expanding the possibilities of what can be done with the ngoni, a form of west African lute, cannot be underestimated. With his group Ngoni Ba he has developed a, literally as the name translates, 'powerful' sound for the instrument, with lead, rhythm and bass roles in the style of a traditional rock band with guitars. Kouyaté comes from a lineage of ngoni players and griot musicians in his family that dates back hundreds of years. ..."
The Quietus (Video)
Telegraph (Video)
Ngoni Pioneer Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba’s Forthcoming ‘Ba Power’ LP (Video)
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