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Bassekou Kouyate

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On tour Yes
Followers 5,860
Category Malian Blues, African, Blues, Rock
Concerts
Apr
23
Bassekou & Band
Freiburg
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Apr
25
Bassekou & Band
Schaan
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Apr
27
Bassekou Kouyate & Amy Sacko
Malmö
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Apr
28
Bassekou Kouyate & Amy Sacko
Stockholm
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About Bassekou Kouyate
Bassekou Kouyate’s extraordinary musical journey shows that he is unquestionably the most innovative and exciting Malian musician to have emerged in recent years. Having defied tradition he continues to push the boundaries of his ancient musical heritage, bringing his music to audiences around the world with his phenomenal live band Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba and three internationally acclaimed albums. Bassekou has become a major star amongst the new generation of African musicians. Bassekou has been revolutionary in establishing a new role for the Ngoni, a distant ancestor of the banjo and one of the oldest string instruments in Africa. Comprised of three strings, a calabash gourd and a wooden stick, it has been used for centuriesas a secondary orchestral instrument and ceremonial device. By adding strings, developing new techniques of playing and defying tradition by plugging it in and experimenting with sound effects such as the wah-wahpeddle, Bassekou brought the instrument into the musical foreground where it is now a prominent feature of many Malian bands touring today. In Bassekou’s hands this seemingly limited instrument has grown to accommodate a wider melodic range and versatility embracing western styles such as jazz, blues and rock and roll, confirming his status as the originator of the electric ngoni, a virtuoso and a visionary. Born on 7 August 1966 in Garana, a small village on the banks of the river Niger, Bassekou is descended from a long line of griots. His father Moustapha Kouyate (himself a brilliant musician) was a traditionalist who avoided recording for fear of being punished by God. Bassekou was taught the ngoni by his father, who despite being frustrated by his son’s rebellious spirit and lack of discipline predicted that he would “one day be a great ngoni player.” Pushing the boundaries of what was previously thought possible with this instrument, Bassekou went even further in his rebellion when he eventually formed the first full ngoni band, the Ngoni ba, consisting of ngonis of various sizes and tonal range. During his formative years in the 1980’s Bassekou established himself as a modernist, co-founding the legendary Malian Symmetric Orchestra, a ground breaking ensemble which challenged the traditional usage of the ngoni. Its success increased his profile outside Mali, bringing him to the attention of international musicians such as Taj Mahal. Bassekou’s virtuosity of the ngoni was later confirmed on the world stage with the legendary Ali Farka Toure’s Grammy Award winning Savane in 2006, a record on which Bassekou played a central role. It was soon after that Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba, was born. In less than 6 years, since the release of his first album with the Ngoni ba, Bassekou Kouyate has forged a distinctive sound earning him numerous accolades and awards. His debut album Segu Blue released by outhere records, became one of the most celebrated African releases of 2007, and was awarded Album of the Year and Best African Artist at the BBC 3 Awards for World Music. The success attracted American indie label Subpop, who picked up Bassekou’s sophmore album ‘I speak fula’ in 2010 as their first ever world music release. This second album earned him his first Grammy Award nomination in 2011. More up-tempo than its predecessor, the album captured the incredible live energy of Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba prompting the Independent to call them “the best rock’n’roll band in the world”. His third album Jama ko followed in January 2013 and was produced by Arcade Fire allumni Howard Billerman. Recorded during the coup d’etat which took place in Bamako, Mali in March 2012, the record documents a musician determined to carry his message forth amid a climate of oppression. The album has been celebrated around the world, with the Guardian calling it “defiant, angry new music from Mali by the world's greatest exponent of the ngoni, the ancient West African lute ... Magnificent.” Now an internationally renowned musician, over the course of his career Bassekou has played with stars such as Bonnie Raitt and Bono and won praise from legends like Eric Clapton. He also made a foray into blues and country with Taj Mahal and created freewheeling improvisations with banjo maverick Bela Fleck. Having regularly appeared on line-ups with Africa Express and Afrocubism in 2011 and 2012, he has performed on stage with the likes of Sir Paul McCartney, John Paul Jones, Damon Albarn and many more. Comprised of his wife Amy Sacko (a popular Malian singer often hailed as “the Tina Turner of Mali’) and sons Madou and Mustafa Kouyate, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba now tour the world playing hundreds of performances a year ranging from New York’s Central Park and Fuji Rock in Japan to Glastonbury and Latitude festivals. Grammy Award nominated Bassekou Kouyate is the ambassador of the ngoni. It is his daring reworking of his musical heritage that makes him a truly contemporary African musician - a visionary and a maverick who has completely changed our perception of this ancient instrument. By reviving one of the oldest instruments in the world he has bridged the gap between the music of his forefathers to the 21st Century, distinguishing him as an exceptionally talented artist of international stature.
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Genres
Malian Blues, African, Blues, Rock
Band members
Ngoni Ba
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Bassekou Kouyate Tour Cities
Schaan, Liechtenstein Stockholm, Sweden Freiburg, Germany Malmö, Sweden

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Concerts & Tour Date Information

Is Bassekou Kouyate on tour?

Yes, Bassekou Kouyate is currently on tour. If you’re interested in attending an upcoming Bassekou Kouyate concert, make sure to grab your tickets in advance. The Bassekou Kouyate tour is scheduled for 4 dates across 4 cities. Get information on all upcoming tour dates and tickets for 2024-2025 with Hypebot.

How many upcoming tour dates is Bassekou Kouyate scheduled to play?

Bassekou Kouyate is scheduled to play 4 shows between 2024-2025. Buy concert tickets to a nearby show through Hypebot.

When does the Bassekou Kouyate tour start?

Bassekou Kouyate’s tour starts Apr 23, 2024 and ends on Apr 28, 2024. They will play 4 cities; their most recent concert was held in Freiburg at Jazzhaus Freiburg and their next upcoming concert will be in Stockholm at Pygméteatern.

What venues is Bassekou Kouyate performing at?

As part of the Bassekou Kouyate tour, Bassekou Kouyate is scheduled to play across the following venues and cities:

2024 Tour Dates:

Apr 23 - Freiburg, BW @ Jazzhaus Freiburg
Apr 25 - Schaan, Schaan @ TAK Theater Liechtenstein
Apr 27 - Malmö, Sverige @ Malmo Live Concert AB
Apr 28 - Stockholm, Stockholms län @ Pygméteatern
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