Bassekou Kouyate

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Performing live in 2008.

Bassekou Kouyaté (born 1966) is a musician from Mali. His band is known as Ngoni ba.

He was born in Garana, Barouéli Cercle, 60 kilometres from Ségou in 1966.[1] At the age of 12, he started playing the Ngoni. In the late 1980s he moved to the capital Bamako.[2]

Kouyaté's debut album Segu Blue[3] was released internationally in 2007 by Out Here Records and distributed in the U.K. by Proper Music Distribution. The album was produced by Lucy Durán.[2] He has also appeared on a number of albums by Toumani Diabaté [2] and has performed in several European countries.[2] In 2010, Kouyaté has been on tour with Béla Fleck.

Kouyaté's wife, Amy Sacko, is also a successful solo artist and sings lead in his band.[2][4] His father Mustapha Kouyaté was a ngoni player and his mother Yagaré Damba was a praise singer.[1]

Kouyate, together with wife Sacko and Ngoni Ba, appeared at The 2013 Proms.[5]


  • Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba: Segu Blue (Out Here Records, 2007)
  • Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba: I Speak Fula (Out Here Records, 2009)
  • Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba: Jama Ko (Out Here Records, 2013)
  • Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba: Ba Power (Glitterbeat Records, 2015)
  • Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba: Miri (Outhere Records, 2019)
Contributing artist


  • 2008: Throw Down Your Heart, by Sascha Paladino: Himself
  • 2013: The Africa Express, by Renaud Barret and Florent de La Tullaye: Himself
  • 2016: Easy Man, by Jasper Cremers and Dennis de Groot: Himself
  • 2016: Mali Blues, by Lutz Gregor: Himself



  1. ^ a b Frank Bessem's Musiques d'Afrique: Bassekou Kouyate
  2. ^ a b c d e Fly Global Music, March 10, 2007: Bassekou Kouyaté – Blue Like a River to a Desert
  3. ^ Dacks, David (March 2010). "Ngoni Hero Bassekou Kouyaté". Exclaim!. Archived from the original on 2012-07-09.
  4. ^ entry on Amy Sacko
  5. ^ "Prom 54: World Routes Prom". 22 August 2013. Retrieved 22 August 2013.
  6. ^ BBC3 Awards for World Music winners 2008

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