Critically acclaimed Malian musician Bassekou Kouyate and his band Ngoni ba will return to UK shores in March for a nine-date tour, following on from a highly successful string of 2013 British summer festival slots including Glastonbury and Latitude.
Bassekou’s latest album Jama Ko, produced by Howard Bilerman (Arcade Fire), has received praise by audiences and critics alike, and has spent several months at the top of the European World Music Charts. The album has also recently been selected as one of Songlines Best Albums of 2013 (to be featured in the next issue).
Jama Ko (meaning a large gathering of people) is the most recent addition to a collection of musical successes that include the Grammy nominated album I Speak Fula (2009) and debut release Segu Blue (2007).
The tour will begin at Manchester’s Band on the Wall on March 11, and will conclude at London’s Union Chapel.
Announced tour dates:
March 11 – Band On The Wall, Manchester
March 12 – The Grand, Clitheroe
March 13 – The Arc, Stockton on Tees
March 15 – The Ropewalk, Barton-upon Humber
March 16 – The Apex ***SAHARA SOUL feat. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba + Sidi Toure***, Bury St Edmonds
March 17 – Arts Centre, Norwich
March 18 – St George, Bristol
March 19 – Howards Assembly Room, Leeds
March 20 – Union Chapel, London