Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni ba: Segu Blue (Out Here/Elite)

 |   |  <1 min read

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni ba: The River Tune
Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni ba: Segu Blue (Out Here/Elite)

The death in March 2006 of the great Mali musician Ali Farka Toure -- who reached a global audience in the mid 90s with the Talking Timbuktu album recorded with Ry Cooder -- lead to many tributes but also the question, who could possibly take his place?

Well, his son Vieux Farka Toure's album -- which appeared in the Best of Elsewhere 2007 list, see tag -- certainly suggested all was not lost for the hypnotic music from that region . . . and this album, the first under his own name by one who worked with Ali Farka frequently, indicates that here too the legacy is being held high.

Kouyate plays the ngoni which is a kind of lute but with more depth and resonance, and the band here Ngoni ba are a quartet who play ngoni of various sizes.

With Kouyate's wife Ami Sacko on vocals (and various guests and percussionists) this is an exceptional album -- and the lament for Ali Farka is aching.

Five stars in the Independent, four in Mojo, praise such as "a compellingly beautiful and timeless record" (Uncut), "fabulously resonant, hypnotic music" (Daily Telegraph) and "a gem" (Evening Standard) might also hint that this is something special.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   World Music articles index

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Senegal (Rough Guide/Southbund)

Various Artists: The Rough Guide to Senegal (Rough Guide/Southbund)

When the Rough Guide series started there were some rather uneven, not so say dodgy, collections released but -- perhaps as the series gained traction and licensing became easier and more... > Read more

Various Artists: A New Day; The Laya Project Remixed (EarthSync)

Various Artists: A New Day; The Laya Project Remixed (EarthSync)

In the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami which swept across large tracts of Asia, music producer Patrick Sebag and others visited the regions to record and film local musicians. This became the... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . MARNI NIXON: The voice of the famous faces

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . MARNI NIXON: The voice of the famous faces

When the American singer Marni Nixon died in July 2016, her passing was barely noted in the music press. Major newspapers like the New York Times weighed in with obituaries, but the silence from... > Read more

GUEST WRITER JEFFREY PAPAROA HOLMAN on the bard of the public bar

GUEST WRITER JEFFREY PAPAROA HOLMAN on the bard of the public bar

“The stage is good . . . it’s part of my page”. Somewhere, in one of the many clips of Sam Hunt coming off stage that flicker through the DVD The Purple Balloon And Other... > Read more