Ngoni Pioneer Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba will celebrate the launch of their new album Ba Power with a much anticipated show at SCALA on 31st May, 2015.
“‘Ba’ in Bambara means ‘strong’ or ‘great’ and it also means ‘group.’ I called the album Ba Power because I think the messages on it are very important and strong, and it is also definitely the album with the toughest sound I’ve ever made. I want these songs to grab as many people as possible.”
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.
We are giving away two pairs of complimentary tickets. Competition entry is for Scala newsletter subscribers so check your email messages for details. The deadline is 3pm on Friday 1st May 2015 Two winners will be drawn at random and notified by 6pm the same day.