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Bassekou Kouyate is a renowned Malian musician and master of the ngoni, a traditional West African lute-like instrument. With his innovative approach to playing this ancient instrument, Kouyate has gained international recognition for his unique style and captivating performances.

Born in Garana, Mali, in 1966, Kouyate hails from a long line of griots, or traditional storytellers. He began playing the ngoni at a young age and quickly mastered its intricacies. His talent and dedication led him to become one of the most influential figures in contemporary African music.

Kouyate's musical career took off in the late 1980s when he joined Toumani Diabaté's Symmetric Orchestra as a soloist. This collaboration allowed him to showcase his exceptional skills on the ngoni and gain exposure beyond Mali's borders. In 2005, he released his debut album "Segu Blue," which was met with critical acclaim and established him as a solo artist.

Known for his virtuosic fingerpicking technique and mesmerizing melodies, Kouyate seamlessly blends traditional West African sounds with elements of blues and rock. His music embodies the rich cultural heritage of Mali while pushing boundaries and exploring new sonic territories.

Throughout his career, Bassekou Kouyate has collaborated with numerous world-renowned artists such as Taj Mahal, Bela Fleck, and Damon Albarn.


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