BASSEKOU KOUYATE & NGONI BA at Crystal Ballroom at Somerville Theatre

Bassekou wears a purple and white traditional African shirt holds his ngoni sitting on the edge of a white art installation
6 members of Ngoni Ba stand and sit with their instruments against a white building with a mint green door frame
Bassekou wears a silver shirt, holds his ngoni and has his eyes closed

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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
Sunday, April 16 2023 7:30PM EDT
55 Davis Square, Somerville, MA 02144
$40 advance, $44 day of show general admission, standing room
$52, $44 limited reserved table seating
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Bassekou Kouyate is a true master of the ngoni, a traditional lute found across West Africa. The music he coaxes from this simple instrument is extraordinary—intricately woven lines, crisp bluesy riffs, and rocking solos. Add the lilting griot melodies from Amy Sacko, Bassekou’s wife, and the driving West African rhythms from two percussionists and an additional ngoni player, and you’ve got Ngoni Ba, one of the hottest bands from Mali. 
"Ngoni virtuoso Bassekou Kouyate can make notes bend like the sun's rays in the desert heat."—Time Out 

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