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  • blog June 2, 2015

    “Siran Fen”: Exclusive Bassekou Kouyaté Track Giveaway

    At Afropop, we’ve been big fans of Bassekou Kouyaté since way back. Born into Mali’s venerable griot tradition of musicians and storytellers, Bassekou is a virtuoso of the ngoni, a West African lute that can roughly be described as the … Read more »

  • video April 9, 2014

    Bassekou Kouyate live video from Afropop’s 25th Anniversary Gala!

    Back in September, Afropop Worldwide celebrated our 25th anniversary in style, with a gala concert at City Winery featuring many of our favorite musicians, including Malian ngoni virtuoso Bassekou Kouyate and his band Ngoni Ba. They played a bring-down-the-house set to … Read more »

  • review February 9, 2010

    I Speak Fula

    Bassekou Kouyaté has arrived.  Those in the know in the Malian music community have long recognized him as the most exciting and innovative ngoni player on the contemporary scene.  And considering that the ngoni, a “spike lute” and an ancestor … Read more »

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