Magazine article New Internationalist

BA Power

Magazine article New Internationalist

BA Power

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Ba Power

by Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba (Glitterbeat Records, 023 CD/LP/download)

'Ba', in Bassekou Kouyaté's native Bambara, means 'power' and that is what surges through the Malian musician's fourth album, which is also his debut for the innovative German label, Glitterbeat. Power is present not simply in terms of energy or Kouyaté's command of instrument and material, but also in delineating a direction that is at once intrinsically Malian and simultaneously global.

Kouyaté is firmly situated in the first rank of Malian music. His instrument, the lute-like ngoni, is one traditionally used by the area's griots; and his band includes musicians of superb talent, singer Amy Sacko among them. But Ba Power also looks towards new horizons via its addition of subtle sound effects and the presence of some real collaborative surprises. …

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