Bassekou Kouyaté’s follow-up to 2013’s critically acclaimed Jama Ko will be released on April 27
Recorded and produced in Mali by Chris Eckman of Glitterbeat Records, Ba Power is Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni ba’s fourth studio album, and the first to be released on the German label. Guests musicians include Samba Touré, Zoumana Tereta and Adama Yalomba from Mali, as well as US trumpet player Jon Hassell (Brian Eno, Bjork, Peter Gabriel) and drummer Dave Smith (Robert Plant, Fofoulah, Juju).
In reference to the album’s title, Bassekou explained: ‘Ba’, in Bambara means ‘strong’ or ‘great’ and it also means ‘group.’ I called the album Ba Power because I think the messages on it are very important and strong, and it is also definitely the album with the toughest sound I’ve ever made. I want these songs to grab as many people as possible.
‘Siran Fen’ is the first single from Ba Power and continues where Jama Ko left off with a thrilling, urgent mix of African blues and rock, dominated by Bassekou’s now iconic electrified ngoni tone and the soaring vocals of Ami Sacko. Listen ‘Siran Fen’ below.
The album launch show takes place at London’s Scala on May 31. Tickets can be purchased here.