“…genius, a living proof that the blues comes from the region of Segu” – Taj Mahal on Bassekou Kouyate
Two of Mali’s greatest talents unite for a special concert and a spellbinding evening. Bamako, the heartland of World Music, is the largest city and capital of Mali and home to a cultural renaissance. International star Bassekou Kouyate, one of Africa’s finest instrumentalists, has found that renaissance endangered by civil unrest in his homeland. One Night in Bamako celebrates Mali’s diverse culture and world music royalty.
Bassekou Kouyate’s music resembles American blues in its style and its storytelling heritage. He revolutionized the ngoni, an ancient instrument resembling the banjo, and formed Ngoni Ba, the first ngoni quartet in Mali.
Perpetuating Mali’s rich musical tradition, Fatoumata Diawara combines songs about love, politics and empowerment with arresting melodies soaring over intricate guitar and drum arrangements. Inspired by jazz and blues, Diawara has created her own unique contemporary folk sound, with a distinctly African spin.