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Saturday, May 15, 2010 Options
Bassekou Kouyate & Amy Sacko + Burkina Electric

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This is going to be an amazing summer for world music and especially African music in NYC. Tonight we get an early taste from two very innovative bands that will be making the summer scene:

First, an intimate visit with Bassekou Kouyate & Amy Sacko, husband and wife leaders of Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba. Kouyate took a traditional West African lute, known in his native in Bambara as the ngoni, plugged it in, and made it the centerpiece of his band (which features several of them) and indeed a brand new musical genre.

Then, a full set from the equally visionary Burkina Electric, a truly unique African electric / avant garde hybrid: Charismatic singer Mai Lingani and guitarist Wende K. Blass from Burkina Faso team up with African-inspired Austrian avant garde percussionist / composer Lukas Ligeti and the Neu Deutche Welle (80s German "new wave") electro-avant-pop mastermind, Pyrolator (member of recently revived Fehlfarben, veteran of Der Plan and DAF and founder / director of the seminal label AtaTak).

Burkina Electric will share a Central Park Summerstage bill with Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba on Sunday afternoon July 25 (along w/ Fool's Gold), plus they'll be playing the Bang on a Can Marathon at the World Financial Center Winter Garden Sunday June 27. And scoring a rare summer trifecta they'll also hit Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park on Thursday evening July 8, providing live accompaniment to Karole Armitage's African-inspired dance piece Itutu.

Big thanks to our illustrious engineers Bil Bowen (Burkina Electric) and Dave Mambach (Bassekou Kouyate / Amy Sacko)!

This Week's Playlist:

(* = new)

Very Be Careful: La Gata Perdida Options / Escape Room / Barbes / *

Rodolfo y Su Tipica RA7: Tabaco Y Ron Options / Various Artists: The Afrosound of Colombia Volume 1 / Vampisoul / *

Wganda Kenya: La Trompeta Loca Options / Various Artists: The Afrosound of Colombia Volume 1 / Vampisoul / *

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: I Speak Fula Options / I Speak Fula / Sub Pop / Next Ambiance

Bassekou Kouyate & Amy Sacko: Avant... Options
Live on WFMU

Bassekou Kouyate & Amy Sacko: I Speak Fula - Acoustic Options
Live on WFMU

Bassekou Kouyate & Amy Sacko: Black Cat Song Options
Live on WFMU

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Musow Options / I Speak Fula / Sub Pop / Next Ambiance

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Saro Options / I Speak Fula / Sub Pop / Next Ambiance

T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo: Kou Tche Kpo So O Options / The Kings of Benin Urban Groove, 1972-1980 / Soundway

Kenge Kenge: Otenga Options / Introducing Kenge Kenge / World Music Network

Konono No. 1: Kule Kule Options / Live at Couleur Cafe / Crammed Discs

Burkina Electric: Ligdi - Live on WFMU Options

Burkina Electric: Sankar Yaare - Live on WFMU Options

Burkina Electric: Mdole - Live on WFMU Options

Burkina Electric: Bana - Live on WFMU Options

Burkina Electric: Live on WFMU Options

Burkina Electric: En Temps de la Dance - Live on WFMU Options
Your DJ disclaims: Not sure if I transcribed this title correctly! (This song is not yet on CD.)

Burkina Electric: Bobo Yengue - Live on WFMU Options

Burkina Electric: To Mi To Zi - Live on WFMU Options

Burkina Electric: Ca Va Chauffer - Live on WFMU Options

Lukas Ligeti and Mai Lingani: Interview Options

Burkina Electric: To Mi to Zi - Paul De Jong Remix Options / RĂȘem TekrĂ© / Ata Tak
Remix EP on Pyrolator's label

Diese3: Wave 66 Options / Diese3 / Coop Breizh

Leni Stern: Simbo Options / Africa / LSR




Listener comments!

  Sat. 5/15/10 7:02pm JT:

that was great! thank you!
  Sat. 5/15/10 7:04pm Your DJ:

Thanks, glad you liked it!
  Sat. 5/15/10 7:35pm julian:

Darn it - missed the Bassekou set.
If only there was some way I could turn back time and listen again......
  Sat. 5/15/10 7:36pm Your DJ:

Well Julian, the archive will be up soon enough (probably around 2200 New York time / 0200 GMT) !
  Sat. 5/15/10 7:50pm julian:

:)
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