CQAF: Bassekou Kouyate – Festival Marquee, Belfast

2Combining tradition with jazz, blues and rock has earned Bassekou Kouyate three number one world music albums and a Grammy nomination.

With his band Ngoni Ba, he has revolutionised the ngoni, one of the oldest string instruments in Africa, has graced the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury and performed with Paul McCartney, John Paul Jones and many more.

He brings the UK premiere of his new album Ba Power to the Festival (his first release for Glitterbeat records). It is a striking, career defining record marked by mesmerizing songs, razor-sharp riffs and full-throttle emotions. The band has turned up the volume significantly and Bassekou’s masterful ngoni playing has reached a new level of intensity, creating a unique sound that can only be called Afrorock. This is not the same Ngoni Ba. This is indeed Ba Power.

Our photographer Julianne Rouquette captured the night in photo.