Friday, December 23, 2016

Icing ISIS: Bassekou Kouyate and "Abé Sumaya"

Our random tune today is from Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba, called Abé Sumaya. Bassekou Kouyate is a Malian musician who specializes in the ngoni, a string instrument made out of a calabash gourd. He comes from a line of musicians - his father was also an ngoni player and his mother was a praise singer. His wife, Amy Sacko, sings on this song. You can find Abé Sumaya on his 2015 album Ba Power. It is a song of defiance that declares that the fundamentalist Islamists will never take over Mali.