Mali Meets Mississippi

Super Chikan and Bassekou Kouyate 1

My two favorite artists at the Lowell Folk Festival James (Super Chikan) Johnson and Bassekou Kouyate did a short set together because their music is related.

The traditional African instrument that Bassekou Kouyate plays (the ngoni) was adapted into the banjo and early primitive guitars by Africans brought to America and their descendents.

Eventually, these instruments were used to create the Blues style of music played by Super Chikan and his band.

Today, Bassekou Kouyate and his band use the influence of the Blues and other music in how they play the ngoni in some very non-traditional ways. (He can wail on that thing.)

After the set, I managed to sneak backstage during the press shoot. =)

9 thoughts on “Mali Meets Mississippi

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Thank you. I was able to speak to the man on the left later that day and he seemed to really have enjoyed playing together on this set. You can see the joy on their faces.
      Cheers πŸ˜ƒ

    1. milfordstreet Post author

      Ha ha ha…That and a portrait of Super Chikan that I put up with yesterday’s gallery were about it. I was not supposed to be back stage and did not press my luck…too much. Thanks, Teri…Cheers!


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