Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba
Bassekou Kouyaté 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 Diabaté (kora) and Kélétigui Diabaté (balafon).
He was part of Taj Mahal’s and Toumani Diabaté’s "Kulanjan" project, as well as being one of the key musicians on Ali Farka Touré’s posthumous album "Savane".
He toured with Ali Farka Touré leaving a lasting impression on the audience as the band’s solo ngoni player.
The kora is well known outside Africa, the ngoni perhaps less so. Can you tell us about your instrument?
Bassekou Kouyaté: It’s the oldest instrument in west Africa. I learnt to play from my father and he learnt to play from his father and it goes back centuries. It’s the family mission and now my sons are playing with me. That has changed the sound because the younger generation bring something new.
"Ngoni Ba are the best rock'n'roll band in the world."
The Independent (UK)