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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

Samstag, 18. April 2009
20:30 Uhr
UT Connewitz,
Wolfgang-Heinze-Str. 12a ,
Leipzig


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Fabulously resonant, hypnotic music from Mali

Vor zwei Jahren präsentierte radioglobalistic Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba aus Mali in der naTo. Einem breiten Publikum fast unbekannt, spielte er damals vor ausverkauftem Haus ein Konzert, für das das Prädikat sensationell fast untertrieben ist. In zwei Stunden führte er vor, wie modern, frisch und tanzbar afrikanische Musik sein kann. Heute, zwei Jahre später, ist er einer der Superstars der afrikanischen Musik. Auf Einladung von radioglobalistic und in Kooperation mit dem UT Connewitz werden Bassekou Kouyate und Ngoni Ba am 18. April ihr neues Album vorstellen.

Der amerikanische Bluesgitarrist Taj Mahal beschreibt Bassekou Kouyate als “ein Genie und den lebenden Beweis dafür, dass der Blues aus der Region von Segou in Mali kommt”. Der Vater des westafrikanischen Blues, sein Landsmann Ali Farka Toure nannte ihn einst einen “rohen afrikanischen Diamanten” und ließ sich von ihm auf seiner letzten Tour begleiten. Für den senegalesischen Superstar Youssou Ndour und die amerikanische Jazzsängerin Dee Dee Bridgewater komponierte er Songs für deren aktuelle Alben. Bono, Fatboy Slim oder der britische Popstar Damon Albarn gehören zu seinen Fans. 2007 kürte die BBC ihn zum „Best African Artist of the Year“ und sein Debütalbum “Segu Blue” zum „Best World Music Album of the Year”. Der Independent schrieb nach dem Preisträgerkonzert in der Royal Albert Hall in London: “the Best Rock n’Roll Band in the World". Mit 4 Ngonis, Calebasse, Perkussion und der Leadsängerin - seiner Frau - Amy Sacko zeigen sie, dass auch der traditionelle Urblues aus der Region von Segou rocken kann.

REVIEWS FROM LIVE PERFORMANCES

"In the five year history of the festival and of some 200 groups, Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba is number one!" Yusuf Mahmoud - Festival Director, Sauti zu Busara Festival (Zanzibar)

“...set to be one of the year's sensational new arrivals.” The Independent (UK)

“Bassekou Kouyate is Mali’s latest superstar” The Guardian (UK)

“...dynamic stage presence that exploded with glorious combinations of the ngoni.” El Mundo (Spain)

“I've heard the future: and it's name is Bassekou Kouyate...” Mingus Formentor, La Vanguardia (Spain)

“The live performance of Bassekou Kouyate’s album, Segu Blue was thrilling.” Süddeutsche Zeitung

“Bassekou was the best artist of our festival definitely” Rob Lokin – Festival Director, AfrikaFestival, Hertme, Holland

“…Mali’s Bassekou Kouyaté divined miraculous intricacies from the strings of his ngoni…” Pete Paphides, The Times (UK) on Bassekou’s appearance at Africa Express, Liverpool March 2008

“Many of the finest sections were dominated by the virtuoso Malian n'goni exponent Bassekou Kouyate. He began by playing alongside Reverend and the Makers and then Damon Albarn, and presided over an exhilarating African supergroup in which he was joined by his wife, the stately singer Ami Sacko…” Robin Denslow, The Guardian (UK) on Bassekou’s appearance at Africa Express, Liverpool March 2008

WHAT’S BEEN SAID ABOUT BASSEKOU KOUYATE

"First there was African tribal music which evolved into slave songs which became the blues which gave birth to the funk. Bassekou and his band tell the whole of this journey in one chapter. The most delicious mix of the finest musical ingredients make a stew that warms the heart and shakes the hips. Trust me, it tastes good!" Fatboy Slim

"... a fantastic example of how music can lift your mind and soul at the same time ... the perfect proof of how inspirational African music can be, how it can touch so many people on so many levels." Damon Albarn

"The album Segu Blue is a MUST for anyone seeking new musical adventures." Dee Dee Bridgewater

"... a genius, a living proof that the blues comes from the region of Segu." Taj Mahal

"There’s a delicious sound to this record, whose warm, cohesive textures linger in the mind long after it finishes, luring the listener to go and play it again ... Remarkable." Charlie Gillett, OBSERVER MUSIC MONTHLY

"Both ancient and utterly contemporary .... like some African answer to Hendrix." THE GUARDIAN

"... surprisingly intricate melodies being teased out of the ngoni... " fROOTS

"This is fabulously resonant, hypnotic music." THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

"I went to an impromptu concert with Damon Albarn and musical chums to Bassekou's apartment in Bamako in September 2006 and everyone was knocked out by the music. Bassekou's quartet played on traditional instruments - it really rocked. His debut album, Segu Blue, is my critic's tip for 2007." EVENING STANDARD

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