16 Mar 2013

Bassekou Kouyate WOMAD 2013

From RNZ Music

In 2012 Mali's democratically elected president Amadou Toumani Toure was ousted in a coup over his handling of increased rebel activity in the North of the country. The following months saw increased violence and heavy fighting in the North, as well as the implementation of strict Sharia Law which, alongside violent punishments, enforced a ban on music. Emma spoke with Bassekou Kouyate, a good friend of the ousted president Toure, and a world renowned ngoni player, from Mali's capital Bamaoko.