Bassekou Kouyate (Kilkenny Arts Festival) – Aug 10

Saturday, August 10, 2024 19:30

Kilkenny Arts Festival presents Bassekou Kouyate

Traditionally, the ngoni, a four-stringed lute, was used to accompany the stories of Malian griots. It wasn’t used as a lead instrument, but ngoni master Bassekou Kouyate has turned that tradition on its head.

His award-winning debut album Segu Blue revolutionized the way the instrument was played, and since then Kouyate has gone from strength to strength, releasing a string of acclaimed albums and collaborating with everyone from Youssou N’Dour to Damon Albarn. He has twice been voted Best Artist at the Songlines Music Awards. For this performance in the Set, Kouyate is joined by his wife, the celebrated griot singer Amy Sacko, and by his band Ngoni ba. A group of outstanding musicians playing ngonis and percussion, the band exemplifies Kouyate’s fresh approach to tradition, effortlessly blending traditional Malian sounds with Cuban rhythms, rock and blues.

Please note: this a standing event with limited seating available upstairs.