Manden Express LIVE @ Instituto Cervantes, Dublin. Thurs 27th February

Manden Express @ Instituto Cervantes

Manden Express @ Instituto Cervantes

Date: Thursday 27th February 2014

Time: 7pm

Price: 10e – BYOB

Manden Express is an international group of Artists fusing traditional and contemporary styles of West African music from the Mande Empire of what is now known as Mali. Inspired by village, Wassalou (Oumou Sangare) styles and the explosion of new musical influences that merged with African music in the 1960?s it blends Kamele n’goni harp, Kora, djembe, and drums with Electric bass and guitar to produce stomping grooves and hypnotic time patterns. Continue reading

The Upright Man – Thomas Sankara: 26th Anniversary.

Thomas SankaraIn 1983 Thomas Sankara at the age of 32 deposed the dictator of Upper Volta, West Africa.  One of his first acts was to change the name of the country to Burkina Faso ‘The land of the Upright People’.  In the following four years of his rule he attempted to implement some of post-independence Africa’s most radical reform measures, including the emancipation of women, self-sufficiency programs.  Sankara shunned the riches of power and continued as a vocal critic of neo-colonialism until his assassination on the 15th October 1987. Continue reading

The Malian Griot in the modern era.

Article published in Think Africa Press.

The Malian Griot in the Modern Era

Interview with Malian musician, Bassekou Kouyate, at The Sugar Club, Dublin.
Bassekou Kouyate in concert, playing his ngoni. Photograph taken by Michal Jaskolski in 2009.

Dublin, Ireland:

As a big fan of Malian music, it is always a pleasure to have an opportunity to meet one of the greats. I have always been humbled by their approachability and the everyday things that they want to talk about, if given the chance. In this sense Bassekou Kouyate was no different. As he lay back in the cupped jazz club style seating of the Sugar Club in Dublin, I greeted him with my one and only Fulani word, ‘Jarama’, to which he replied in a stream of Fula. Continue reading

Bassekou Kouyate (MALI) returns to Dublin, 18th August


Bassekou Kouyate @ ngoni ba

Bassekou Kouyate @ ngoni ba

The master returns after the launch of a new album. Bassekou Kouyate is a virtuoso master of the  ngoni lute from the Mande area of West Africa. The instrument is one of the oldest of African stringed instrument, predating the Kora harp.

Bassekou has been involved in some amazing African music creations in the recent past. He was an integral part of Toumani Diabates AFROCUBISM project which came and rocked the National Concert Hall in the Summer of 2011.

His third Album ‘Jama Ko’ offers to continue his great contribution to African music.

The concert takes place in The Sugar Club, Dublin.  Tickets 20/18 euro

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