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Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba (MLI)

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, such as Ali Farka Toure, Toumani Diabate, Taj Mahal, Damon Alban, Joachim Kühn…).

He rejoices in an unusual band formation, which includes three players of the n’goni, manifested in its differing tonal sizes and 2 percussionists (talking drum, Yabara, Calebasse). Completed by the fantastic singer Amy Sacko, the band performed already at major festival around the globe (e.g. Glastonbury, Roskilde, Fuji Rock Festival, North Sea jazz Festival, WOMAD). In 2013 the BBC chose Bassekou as “best African artist of the year”.

Besides Ngoni ba, Bassekou Kouyate is also available for projects in the field of jazz, blues & world music

Booking territories: worldwide

Bassekou Kouyate Webseite



current release

Miri (2019, Outhere)



press quotes

“...we were swept along on a wave of urgent rhythms and improvisation”
(London Jazz News)


tour period

MIRI tour 2019

14.11. DK- Odense, Dexter
SE- Malmö, MixMusik
17.11. HR-Zagreb, Jazzfestival
19.11. DE- Freiburg, Jazzhaus
20.11. CH- Bern, Bee-Flat
21.11. FR- Massy
22.11. BE-Turnhout
23.11. CH-Frick, Meck
24.11. DE-Münster
27.11. NL-Groningen, Oosterport
28.11. NL - Heerlen
29.11.  NL - Eindhoven
30.11.  BE - Gent  



Norbert Hausen
Jazzhaus Booking
Phone: + 49 (0) 761 79197811
Fax: + 49 (0)761 72935
Email: hausen (at)