Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

"To all the rock 'n' rollers of the USA, I'm coming in February, 2010!"

That's Malian maestro Bassekou Kouyate with a heads-up well worth heeding. A virtuoso picker and musical visionary whose work blurs the lines between West African and American roots music, Bassekou has jammed with Bonnie Raitt and Bono, won praise from Eric Clapton. He's also dug into blues and country music with Taj Mahal and created freewheeling improvisations with banjo maverick Bela Fleck. Bassekou's instrument, the ngoni, is a "spike lute" and an ancestor of the banjo,... more