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Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba
UK Tour - March / April 2009

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni baAfter enormous critical acclaim for their debut album "Segu Blue" (Out Here Records) and playing in front of enthusiastic crowds across Europe, Mali's first ngoni quartet returns to the UK this March/ April for their first regional UK tour. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba will kick off this tour with a concert at the Guildford International music festival, followed by 8 solo shows across the country. Expect a brilliantly virtuosic, high-energy blend of venerable griot culture and contemporary influence, and find out why they have been called "the best Rock'n'Roll band in the world" (The Independent).

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba have recently been in the studio in Mali to record a new album. This no doubt eagerly awaited follow-up to "Segu Blue" is expected to be released this Autumn.

Thursday, 26 March - GUILDFORD
Guilford International Music Festival, The Great Hall, University Of Surrey, Guilford, Surrey GU2 7XH
Box office: 01483 444789

Friday, 27 March - MANCHESTER
The Royal Northern College of Music Manchester, 124 Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9RD
Box office: 01619 075200

Saturday, 28 March - EDINBURGH
The Queens Hall, Clerk Street, Edinburgh EH8 9JG
Box office: 01316 682019

Monday, 30 March - CAMBRIDGE
The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX
Box office: 01223 511511

Tuesday, 31 March - READING
Concert Hall, Blagrave Street, Reading RG1 1QH
Box office: 01189 606060

Wednesday, 1 April - MILTON KEYNES
The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, Milton Keynes MK17 8LU
Box office: 01908 280800

Thursday, 2 April - BRISTOL
The St Georges, St. George Street, Harbourside, Bristol BS1 5RR
Box office: 01179 230359

Friday, 3 April - DARTINGTON
The Great Hall, The Barn, Dartington Hall, Dartington, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6DE
Box office: 01803 847070

Saturday, 4 April - NORWICH
Norwich Arts Centre, 51 St. Benedicts St, Norwich NR2 4PG
Box office: 01603 660352.

(Tour by Junction 2 Music)

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