When asked what Ba Power means to him, Bassekou told us: "Ba", in Bambara means "strong" or "great" and it also means "group. I called the album Ba Power because I think the messages on it are very important and strong, and it is also definitely the album with the toughest sound I've ever made. I want these songs to grab as many people as possible.
Without question Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba has revolutionized the sound and narrative possibilities of the ngoni, the lute-like instrument that is essential to Malis Griot culture. Griots are esteemed musician/storytellers whose lineage stretches back centuries. Bassekou was born into this resonant tradition but his relationship to it has been anything but static. From the beginning of his career, through his invention of a previously unheard repertoire built around the melodies and rhythms of four interlocking (and at times electric) ngonis, Bassekou has demonstrated his respect for the past by radically pulling it into the future.
Ba Power contains all the swagger, precision and wide-eyed excitement that the title implies. It is the album where Bassekous music engages with the world in ways he could have only imagined 10 years before. It is the album where he confirms his status amongst the 21st centuries most relevant musical artists.
I think African music and culture deserve to be spread to the broadest audience possible. That is what I want to accomplish with Ba Power.
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