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BASSEKOU KOUYATE AND NGONI BA SET TO RELEASE SPEAK FULA, EMBARK ON EXTENSIVE 2010 U.S. TOUR
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba are releasing their second album, I Speak Fula, through iTunes on December 1, and then physically through Sub Pop on February 2, 2010. February 2 also marks the beginning of a lengthy, coast-to-coast U.S. tour that will see Bela Fleck supporting through mid-March.
Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba Tour Dates
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba
02/02, Tue: Durango, CO Fort Lewis College *With Bela Fleck 02/03, Wed: Santa Fe, NM Lensic Performing Arts Center *With Bela Fleck 02/04, Thu: Fort Collins, CO Aggie Theatre *With Bela Fleck 02/05, Fri: Aspen, CO Wheeler Theatre *With Bela Fleck 02/06, Sat: Grand Junction, CO Avalon Theater *With Bela Fleck 02/08, Mon: Boulder, CO Boulder Theatre *With Bela Fleck 02/10, Wed: Dallas, TX Granada Theatre *With Bela Fleck 02/11, Thu: Oxford, MS Lyric Theatre *With Bela Fleck 02/12, Fri: Murray, UT Murray Theater 02/13, Sat: Lawrence, KS Liberty Hall *With Bela Fleck 02/14, Sun: Urbana, IL Canopy Club *With Bela Fleck 02/16, Tue: Cleveland, OH House of Blues *With Bela Fleck 02/17, Wed: Ann Arbor, MI University of Michigan-Hill Auditorium *With Bela Fleck 02/18, Thu: Athens, OH Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium *With Bela Fleck 02/19, Fri: Indianapolis, IN Butler University/Clowes Hall *With Bela Fleck 02/20, Sat: Omaha, NE Holland PAC *With Bela Fleck 02/21, Sun: Chicago, IL Old Town School of Folk Music *With Bela Fleck 02/22, Mon: Hamilton, OH Miami University-Parrish Auditorium 02/24, Wed: Wilmington, DE Grand Opera House *With Bela Fleck 02/25, Thu: Storrs, CT U Conn-Storrs/Jorgenson Center for Performing Arts *With Bela Fleck 02/26, Fri: Wilmington, DE Grand Opera House *With Bela Fleck 02/27, Sat: Lewisburg, PA Bucknett University-Weis Center *With Bela Fleck 03/01, Mon: Ottawa, ON CND Dominion-Chalmers United Church *With Bela Fleck 03/02, Tue: Brunswick, ME Bowdoin College *With Bela Fleck 03/03, Wed: State College, PA Eisenhower Auditorium *With Bela Fleck 03/04, Thu: Roanoke, VA Jefferson Center *With Bela Fleck 03/05, Fri: Frederick, MD Weinberg Center *With Bela Fleck 03/06, Sat: Atlanta, GA Rialto Center *With Bela Fleck 03/08, Mon: Orlando, FL Plaza Theater 03/09, Tue: Fort Pierce, FL Sunrise Theatre 03/10, Wed: Jacksonville, FL Florida Theater 03/11, Thu: Tuscaloosa, AL BAMA Theater 03/12, Fri: Asheville, NC Orange Peel 03/16, Tue: Seattle, WA The Triple Door 03/18, Thu: San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall 03/19, Fri: Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theater 03/20, Sat: Los Angeles, CA Getty Center 03/21, Sun: Los Angeles, CA Getty Center 03/26, Fri: New York, NY Zankel Hall (at Carnegie Hall) 03/27, Sat: Somerville, MA Somerville Theater 03/28, Sun: Rockland, ME The Strand 03/31, Wed: Burlington, VT Flynn Center for the Performing Arts 04/02, Fri: Savannah, GA Savannah Music Festival 04/03, Sat: Savannah, GA Savannah Music Festival 04/07, Wed: St. Louis, MO Lee Theatre, Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center 04/10, Sat: Minneapolis, MN The Cedar 04/15, Thu: Las Cruces, NM NMSU Music Recital Hall
Watch a clip of the group performing in Italy this October:
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.