Bassekou Kouyate
© Thomas Dorn
Sat 30.11 20:00 - 22:00
Vooruit & De Centrale present:

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

Bassekou Kouyaté
Sat 30.11
20:00 - 22:00
  • Sat 30.11
    20:00 - 22:00
    De Centrale (Kraankindersstraat 2, 9000 Gent)

“Kouyate’s playing remains at its heart, pulsing, ingenious and spellbinding.” - The Guardian

Bassekou Kouyate is descended from a long tradition of griots and is the son of the famed Malian bard Moustapha Kouyate and traditional wedding singer Yakare Damba. With these promising genes, maybe it’s not so surprising that Bassekou excelled at the ngoni (this West-African instrument, one of the oldest instruments on the planet, could be seen as the predecessor to the banjo) from a young age.

In 2007 Kouyate released his debut record ‘Segu Blue’: a completely acoustic album on which the ngoni plays a central role. His follow-up releases, including the stand-out ‘Ba Power’ (2015), would include the addition of Malian effect pedals and electric guitars. With ‘Miri’, released in early 2019, Kouyate returns to a more purist approach, closer to the blues tradition. The Guardian on ‘Miri’: “Kouyate’s playing remains at its heart, pulsing, ingenious and spellbinding”.

Bassekou Kouyate has played with prodigious talents such as Amadou & Mariam, Toumani Diabate, Taj Mahal, Ali Farka Touré and Béla Fleck. Following a performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London with his band Ngoni Ba, Kouyate and co were lauded by The Independent as the ‘best rock ‘n’ roll band in the world’. Now the masterful musician will return to Ghent for the first time in ten years: his show at De Centrale is not to be missed!


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Kouyate has updated the dry-gut plucking of the traditional ngoni, adding electric pick-ups, distortion and effects pedals, creating an extraordinary array of sounds from a spindly metallic plinking to a grinding bluesy roar.

The Daily Telegraph

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Sat 30.11 - 20:00 De Centrale - Turbinezaal (Kraankindersstraat 2, 9000 Gent)
music / folk / rock
€18 (add) / 15 (vvk) / 15 (add met UiTpas) / 12 (vvk met UiTpas) / 3,60 (kansenpas)


in partnership with De Centrale


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