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BKO Quintet Profile

  • Related Countries: Mali

Malian traditional music with a contemporary twist


While the roots of their music lie in traditional folklore, an electric and urban edge modernises the sound of the BKO Quintet, which consists of four Malians and one French musician. The ngoni, the guitar of the griots, and the donso ngoni, the kora-like harp-lute of the Bamana hunters, are accompanied by the master djembé (drum) playing of Ibrahima Sarr and the hybrid drum kit of French percussionist Aymeric Krol. Powerful lead vocals from Fassara Sacko add to a compelling instrumental performance to create a unique live experience.

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