Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba:: I Speak Fula; dates with Bela Fleck

Out of the same West African ground that spawned the ancient Mali empire, comes Basseko Kouyate and his band armed with their four ngonis. Kouyate’s latest album with his band Ngoni Ba—I Speak Fula, brings eleven warm earth passages prospered by the small stringed ancestor to the banjo. Kouyate was long ago inspired to move the music beyond where his ngoni forefathers had gone, and as result has become a savior for the instrument and a symbol of innovative Malian music. Kouyate’s wife, Sacko is a vocalist on the album, adding yet more complexion to this moving mirror of aural history.


Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba in Timbuktu

02/16, Tue: Cleveland, OH House of Blues *With Béla Fleck
02/17, Wed: Ann Arbor, MI University of Michigan-Hill Auditorium *With Béla Fleck
02/18, Thu: Athens, OH Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium *With Béla Fleck
02/19, Fri: Indianapolis, IN Butler University/Clowes Hall *With Béla Fleck
02/20, Sat: Omaha, NE Holland PAC *With Béla Fleck
02/21, Sun: Chicago, IL Old Town School of Folk Music *With Béla Fleck
02/22, Mon: Hamilton, OH Miami University-Parrish Auditorium
02/24, Wed: Wilmington, DE Grand Opera House *With Béla Fleck
02/25, Thu: Storrs, CT U Conn-Storrs/Jorgenson Center for Performing Arts *With Béla Fleck
02/26, Fri: Waterville, ME Grand Opera House *With Béla Fleck
02/27, Sat: Lewisburg, PA Bucknell University-Weis Center *With Béla Fleck
03/01, Mon: Ottawa, ON CND Dominion-Chalmers United Church *With Béla Fleck
03/02, Tue: Brunswick, ME Bowdoin College *With Béla Fleck
03/03, Wed: State College, PA Eisenhower Auditorium *With Béla Fleck
03/04, Thu: Roanoke, VA Jefferson Center *With Béla Fleck
03/05, Fri: Frederick, MD Weinberg Center *With Béla Fleck
03/06, Sat: Atlanta, GA Rialto Center *With Béla Fleck
03/08, Mon: Orlando, FL Plaza Theater *With Béla Fleck
03/09, Tue: Fort Pierce, FL Sunrise Theatre *With Béla Fleck
03/10, Wed: Jacksonville, FL Florida Theater *With Béla Fleck
03/11, Thu: Tuscaloosa, AL BAMA Theater *With Béla Fleck
03/12, Fri: Asheville, NC Orange Peel *With Béla Fleck
03/14/2010, Sun Vancouver, BC CND Vancouver Olympics
03/15/2010, Mon Whistler, BC CND Vancouver Olympics
03/16, Tue: Seattle, WA The Triple Door
03/18, Thu: San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
03/19, Fri: Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theater
03/20, Sat: Los Angeles, CA Getty Center
03/21, Sun: Los Angeles, CA Getty Center
03/26, Fri: New York, NY Zankel Hall (at Carnegie Hall)
03/27, Sat: Somerville, MA Somerville Theater
03/28, Sun: Rockland, ME The Strand
03/31, Wed: Burlington, VT Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
04/02, Fri: Savannah, GA Savannah Music Festival
04/03, Sat: Savannah, GA Savannah Music Festival
04/07, Wed: St. Louis, MO Lee Theatre, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center
04/10, Sat: Minneapolis, MN The Cedar
04/15, Thu: Las Cruces, NM NMSU Music Recital Hall
04/16/2010, Fri Albuquerque, NM Outpost Performance Space
04/22/2010, Thu Lafayette, LA Festival International
04/23/2010, Fri Lafayette, LA Festival International
06/09/2010, Wed Charleston, SC Spoleto Festival USA
06/17/2010, Thu New Haven, CT Festival of Arts & Ideas @ Yale Courtyard

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