*Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba: *'*Segu Blue*'
*Out 26 March 2007 (Out Here Records)
*PROMO COPIES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST *
*Bassekou Kouyate* from Mali is one of the true masters of the ngoni,
an ancient traditional lute found throughout West Africa. He has
collaborated with many musicians in and outside of Mali: He played in
the Symmetric trio alongside *Toumani Diabate *(kora) and *Keletigui
Diabate *(balafon). He was part of *Taj Mahal*'s and *Toumani
Diabate*'s '*Kulanjan*' project, as well as touring with the late *Ali
Farka Toure* and playing most of the ngoni solos on Ali Farka's
posthumous album '*Savane*'. Towards the end of 2006 Damon Albarn
invited journalists and fellow artists to Mali one of the Malian
artists that left a lasting impression was Bassekou Kouyate (see *Fatboy
Slim* and *Damon Albarn* quotes below).
'Segu Blue', Bassekou's first solo album to be released on Out Here
Records on 26 March 2007 (UK distribution by Proper Music
Distribution), features guest musicians *Kasse Mady Diabate*, *Lobi
Traore*, *Lassane Diabate* and singers *Ami Sacko* and *Zoumana
Tereta*. The album was produced by *Lucy Duran*, recorded by *Yves
Wernert* at Studio Bogolan in Bamako and mixed by *Jerry Boys*
('*Buena Vista Social Club*') in London.
*WOMAD, OBSERVER MUSIC MONTHLY, FROOTS, BBC RADIO *
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba have been booked to perform at the 25th
anniversary of the *WOMAD* festival taking place at their new home of
Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire, 27-29 July 2007. One of their
performances at the festival will also be broadcast on *BBC Radio 3*.
'Segu Blue' has already received a rave review by *Charlie Gillett* in
this month's *Observer Music Monthly *magazine (see attached). The
album is also reviewed in the March issue of *fRoots* and it is
featured amongst the 10 CDs in their playlist. Tracks from 'Segu
Blue' have been previewed on various BBC radio shows, including
*Charlie Gillett's BBC World Service show *, *Andy Kershaw's BBC Radio
3 show* and *DJ Ritu's World Music show BBC London*.
Bassekou will be in London from 25 February 2007 for a 2 1/2 days
promo trip. Please contact me for more info.
*WHAT'S BEEN SAID ABOUT BASSEKOU *
*"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!" *
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."
*"The album Segu Blue is a MUST for anyone seeking new musical
**Dee Dee Bridgewater
a genius, a living proof that the blues comes from the region of
*"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
**Robin Denselow, THE GUARDIAN
*"... surprisingly intricate melodies being teased out of the ngoni... "
**Con Murphy, FROOTS
*"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."
**Simon Broughton, EVENING STANDARD
*"The whole band kicked in, Bassekou grinning with delight as they
fired out unexpectedly grungey blues. A talking drum flitted over the
top, while the floorbound vocalists swayed their arms in time to the
music. It was the start of an extraordinary set that seemed to run
from hard rock to jazz flicks to dub reggae, at times trancelike, at
times heavy, at times delicate, but all carried off with astonishing
virtuosity on these traditional instruments. Like the best of Africa's
music, it was powerful and contemporary while remaining recognisably
in touch with its roots."
**Ian Birrell, THE INDEPENDENT *
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