Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

…at the Komedia, Brighton, this evening. Class act. Textures I have not heard before, ever – a very contemporary sound, performed on what looks like entirely traditional instruments. The ngoni is one of the oldest instruments in Mali, and has a fascinating tradition.

This band evidently has no intention of letting tradition rest on its laurels – their music is highly sophisticated and modern, in the guise of upbeat groove and consummate ease. Superbly elegant on stage. Go see. I’ll personally kick your shin if you nonchalantly file it under ‘world music’. Read more about Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba on their MySpace page. There is an interview from Acoustic Magazine here, too. Thanks Florence!

My crummy little camera phone video does neither sound (the singer’s mike sound had just nearly disappeared, too) or look justice, but here goes:

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