Bassekou Kouyate’s axe of choice is a ngoni lute, a string instrument native to Africa that appears to wield limited musical capabilities by its small, handmade stature. However, in his hands this instrument commands the large band of Ngoni Ba as they oversee packed stadiums and festivals across the globe. They currently tour in support of Kouyate's new album I Speak Fula and this Thursday, Nov 17th, they bring their eclectic blend of African sound to the Clifton Center.
Although you may be confined to the perimeters of your seat, don’t fight the urgency to groove with Ngoni Ba’s infectious rhythms. While avoiding a stale translation of traditional African vibes, extensive improv jams on the ngoni formulate an atmosphere fit for an outdoor festival. Many have said he blurs the line between West African and American roots music, which may explain any sudden acid flashbacks derived from a past Grateful Dead experience.
For the early birds, the cash bar and snacks will be available in the Clifton Center lounge at 6:30PM prior to the show.
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba will be performing at the Clifton Center on Thursday, Nov. 17th. Tickets are $20 and available through the Clifton Center box office and tix.com. Show at 7:30PM. All ages.
Photo courtesy of Out Here Records