JAZZ FEST INDEX - 2010 Rochester INTERNATIONAL JAZZ FESTIVAL

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba at Rochester Internation Jazz Festival

Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba from Mali play primitive looking four string instruments that Bassekou Kouyate describes as the grandfather of the guitar. Duct taped guitar pickups on the body and a "cry baby" pedal for Bassekou make for a solid groove. That and the two percussion players. Bassekou's wife sang beautiful harmonies, a dramatic flamenco-like song and was a joy to watch as she danced.They sounded great in Kilbourn Hall but would have sounded even better in a dance hall. - photo by P Doddy - click photo to advance > next