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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: Europe, Africa, Asia

Bassekou Kouyate Webseite


current release

Ba Power (2015, Glitterbeat Records)


current video


press quotes

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


tour period

MIRI tour 


25.01. GB- Glasgow, Celtic Connection

26.01. GB- Leeds, Opera North

27.01. GB- London, Subterania

28.01. GB- Cardiff, Royal Welsh College

29.01. GB- Cardigan, Mwldan

30.01. GB- Liverpool, Philharmonie

01.02. AT - Wien, Konzerthaus (gr. Saal)

02.02. BE - Brüssel, Flagey
03.02. NL - Amsterdam, Bimhuis
05.02. LX - Dudelange
06.02. NL - Utrecht, Tivoli Vredenburg
07.02  DE - Neustadt/Rübenberge
08.02. NL - Rotterdam, Grounds
09.02. CH - St.Gallen, Palace
10.02. IT - Venice, Teatro Candiani
13.02. DE - Offenburg, Reithalle



Norbert Hausen
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