01/26 | Bassekou Kouyate at Old Town Schoo of Folk Music


A virtuoso picker and musical visionary whose work blurs the lines between West African and American roots music, Image

has jammed with Bonnie Raitt and Bono and won praise from Eric Clapton. He’s also dug into blues and country music with Taj Mahal and created freewheeling improvisations with banjo maverick Bela Fleck. Bassekou’s instrument, the ngoni, is a “spike lute” and an ancestor of the banjo, sharing its taut-skinned drum body, percussive attack, and varied picking techniques. Since 2005, Bassekou has led Ngoni Ba, the first-ever group built around not one but four ngonis – all played by members of his family.

8pm Old Town School of Folk Music

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