Descendant of the great n’goni players, Bassekou Kouyaté largely contributed to the promotion of this mythical and legendary instrument all around the world. From Garana (Baréouli) to Brussels passing by Segou, Bamako, Abidjan, Ouagadougou, Spain, Italy, and United States …, the virtuoso can boast of a glorious career.
Inheritance is the best source of inspiration and Bassekou Kouyaté drinks to limpid sources. Born in 1966 in Garana (Tamani, prefecture of Baréouli), his father Mustapha Kouyaté was certainly the best n’goni player of the region. Talent and virtuosity that was naturally at the service of the singer (his wife) Yagaré Damba. Unrivalled in the traditional rhythms like the ndjaro, the duet was all the rage among the Fulani’s and djogoramès regions.
was the toy of the children in our family. We competed in its making
and playing. At 12 years old, I already was a master in n’goni
playing” said the heir of the Kouyaté. Between Coranic
School and folkloric manifestation, the child had the time to mature
and to choose his career.
The rest of his career took shape as the encounters went by. He first met Cheick Oumar Diabaté, husband of the singer Naïny Diabaté, in Segou in 1983. The guitar player and the n’goni player became friends in life and accomplices on stage. Friendship and complicity which led them to settle down in Bamako were they had a lot of good opportunities. They were the arrangers of almost all the female singers: Koni Koumaré, Naïny Diabaté, and Tata Bambo Kouyaté…
In 1987, Bassekou meets Toumani Diabaté, the great revelation of the Kora of the eighty’s. This encounter is a decisive leap in his career. Two years later, they undertook a sub regional tour which leads them in Ivory Coast and Burkina… they then flight for Belgium for the folk festival Donaterre. This time Habib Koité, “the child of the Khasso” is in the journey. “It was the first time for us to go out of the African continent. We owe this privilege to Toumani Diabaté” reckons the husband of the female singer Amy Sacko.
he’s the only representative of Mali at the festival of the
Banjo in Tennessee (United States). He remembers that “I
was the youngest artist invited. But I had a phenomenal success”.
Taj Mahal then remarked him. “We
immediately sympathised. We made emissions together. He dedicated
me a song and I did the same”.
Great dedication concert
On Friday 12th, December 2003, Habib Koité and his band Bamada dedicated their first album live named "Fôly" at the cultural space Bouna; a panorama of his rich and varied repertoire of 3 CDs. The Malian artists present at the dedication were the senoufo Balafon players, Alou Sam, Tata Pound, Lassy King Massassy, Babani Koné, Bassékou Kouyaté and his wife Ami Sacko. They all gather around him to support him after his return of an Australian tour. The double album live "Fôly" is on sale since last Monday on CD and Tape.
Salif Keita and the band Africando in concert in Cotonou
Salif Keïta and his band went yesterday for Cotonou. They will present his last album in the capital of Benin. The band Africando composed of Gnonas Pedro, Bambino and others will surely travel through past by presenting all their released albums.
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This week will be marked by several releasing among which the one of Aicha Kouyaté, originating from Tibri, village situated at 10km from Siguiri, she’s the daughter of Alama (keyboard player) and Djéli Sétou Kouyaté (great singer of Siguiri). The too early death of her mother pushed her to undertake a musical career. She’s the background vocal of Sékouba Bambino in his hit "Appolo". After living Guinea, she completed her formation in Bamako with Tou Diakité, Lobi Traoré, Fadima Kouyaté and Moussa Traoré called Taras. She’s produced by MBD production.
allias Awa Poulo is from Dily. She’s
the daughter of Souleymane and Ina baba Coulibaly who is well known
in Mali. Like most of our artist, she began her career by singing
songs of her mother any time she has the occasion. This is haw she
was chosen to make the chorus solo of the quarter Sirakoro Dounfin.
Then her mother took her in her band and they criss-crossed Mali together,
Awa left school for singing.
Koko Dembélé is back with a new album entitled "Yèrèdon". This album will surely conquer the rare souls who were still indifferent to his talent. Happy Christmas and happy new year with Aicha Kouyaté, Awa Poulo and Koko Dembélé.