Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba to Perform at Duke University on October 14

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
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

Bassekou Kouyate recordings available:

Tickets for all concerts on sale through Duke Performances’ website: www.dukeperformances.org, at the Duke University Box Office on the top level of the Bryan Center, or by calling (919) 684-4444.

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