After the release of the popular Grammy-nominated I Speak Fula in 2009, Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni ba are set to release their third album, Jama Ko on the January 23 2013 with a string of live dates to follow.
‘Jama Ko is for everyone’ says Bassekou about his new album. Jama Ko, means ‘a big gathering of people,’ which perfectly describes message Bassekou wants to push forward with his new album. The album opens with the title-track which encourages people to unite and come together whatever their race, religion or wealth. ‘There are over 90% Muslims in Mali, but our form of Islam here has nothing to do with a radical form of sharia: that is not our culture. We have been singing praise songs for the Prophet for hundreds of years. If the Islamists stop people music making they will rip the heart out of Mali.’
The album was produced by Howard Bilerman (from indie-rock band Arcade Fire) and features Bassekou’s two sons Madou and Moustafa Kouyaté as well as many other young artists.
Bassekou is featured on the cover of the next issue of Songlines (January/February 2013, #89), on sale in the UK on December 7.
The single, ‘Jama Ko’ is out now and Bassekou will be perform the following UK dates with Tamikrest and Sidi Touré as part of the Sahara Soul tour: