"Spectacular…The virtuosity of Bassekou and his musical family is undeniable, but at the same time, it's readily accessible to any music fan."-NPR Music
Winner of 2009 BBC3 World Music Award for Album of the Year, Malian Bassekou Kouyate is a musical wizard. He is one of Africa's most innovative bandleaders who have revolutionized Malian music by infusing the centuries-old rhythms with the spirit of rock 'n' roll and American root music. Performing all over the world from summer stages to Zankel Hall of Carnegie Hall his seven-piece band's propulsive dance like grooves has a hypnotic and euphoric impact on audiences. Bassekou-a Grammy nominee in 2011-is a much sought after player, from Bono and Bonnie Raitt to Youssou N'Dour and Bela Fleck, he's been singled out for collaborative music projects.
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These programs made possible in part by the Ernest L. and Louise M. Gartner Fund, the P. J. McMyler Musical Endowment Fund, and the Anton and Rose Zverina Music Fund.