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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Bassekou Kouyate And Ngoni Ba Pick Up BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music

It has been a truly amazing journey for Mali's new superstars ngoni virtuoso Bassekou Kouyate and his band Ngoni Ba since the release of their debut album Segu Blue in March 2007. In just over a year Bassekou Kouyate's career has turned him from being a respected musician performing alongside artists such as the late Ali Farka Toure and Toumani Diabete into a World Music star in his own right.

Last week, on 10 April 2008, at the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music 2008 winners announcement ceremony held at London's Dingwalls, Bassekou Kouyate was declared "Best African Act" and made a surprise appearance to pick up the award. Segu Blue had already been announced the winner of the "Album of the Year" Critics Award in December 2007 beating strong competition by Andy Palacio's Watina, Orchestra Baobab's Made in Dakar and Tinariwen's Aman Iman. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba were also nominated in the "Best Newcomer" category.

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba will be performing alongside other winning artists, Mayra Andrade, Juldeh Camara & Justin Adams, Sa Ding Ding and Son de la Frontera, at the winners concert, which for the first time will be held at the Royal Albert Hall in London and as part of the BBC Proms on 30 July 2008. For more information and ticket details, please visit:


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ah wa o!!! i'm so proud of them.