Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba are set to perform on at Duke University’s Reynolds Industries Theater in Durham, North Carolina on Friday, October 14, 2011, at 8:00 pm.
Fierce technique and untrammeled vision make the Malian fingerpicker Bassekou Kouyate’s name inseparable from the ngoni, an ancient West African lute that produces a fleet and percussive music similar to the banjo.
Kouyate’s band combines four modified ngonis — with extra strings for added kick — to create a sweetly explosive sound that infuses African rhythms with the bite of American blues. A BBC3 “Best African Act” award in 2008 elevated Kouyate’s prestige to rival Malian titan Ali Farka Touré. With spirited vocals courtesy of Amy Sacko, Kouyate’s wife, this band is simply a joy.
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
Friday, October 14 • 8 pm
Reynolds Industries Theater
Tickets: $28 • $22 • $5 Duke students
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