Savannah Music Festival LIVE 339 – Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba

Original air date: week of January 23, 2011

The musical heritage of French West Africa includes a wealth of traditional and popular music styles from a variety of countries including Senegal, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Benin and Mali. The arid, landlocked nation of Mali is a cultural colossus. Its contemporary music serves as a rich and varied reminder of American music’s West African roots. Tune in to hear one of Mali’s most renowned musicians, Bassekou Kouyate, performing with his group Ngoni Ba.