Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba has revolutionized the sound and narrative possibilities of the ngoni, the lute-like instrument that is essential to Mali’s Griot culture. Griots are esteemed musician/storytellers whose lineage stretches back centuries. Through Bassekou’s invention of repertoire built around the melodies and rhythms of four interlocking ngonis, Bassekou has demonstrated his respect for the past by radically pulling it into the future.

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