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Bassekou Kouyate booked for WOMAD, Observer Music Monthly rave review

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  • Ilka Schlockermann
    *Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba: * *Segu Blue* *Out 26 March 2007 (Out Here Records) * *PROMO COPIES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST * *Bassekou Kouyate* from Mali is one
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 4, 2007
      *Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba: *'*Segu Blue*'

      *Out 26 March 2007 (Out Here Records)

      *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.



      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.



      *"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
      **Dee Dee Bridgewater
      *"… a genius, a living proof that the blues comes from the region of
      **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."
      **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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