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Sat 2/24, 2024, 8:00pm
Event Format:In-Person
PDX Jazz presents
Bassekou Kouyate and Vieux Farka Touré
Celebrating Mali’s Rhythmic Soul
($40 – $45)
Saturday, February 24, 2024, 8:00PM

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The Great Hall
1119 Eighth Avenue (enter on Eighth Avenue)
Seattle, WA 98101
This is an in-person event only, no virtual attendance is available. Doors open at 7PM.

Get ready for a captivating evening of transcendent rhythms and mesmerizing melodies as two world-renowned artists, Bassekou Kouyate and Vieux Farka Touré, join forces to bring the soulful sounds of Mali to the stage. The fusion of Bassekou Kouyate’s mastery of the ngoni, a traditional West African lute, and Vieux Farka Touré’s scintillating guitar skills creates an electrifying synergy that will transport the audience to the heart of West African musical traditions.

Bassekou Kouyate, a virtuoso of the ngoni, hails from a long line of griots, the traditional storytellers and musicians of Mali. His mesmerizing plucking and intricate fingerpicking on this ancient instrument resonates with the deep roots of Malian music. In contrast, Vieux Farka Touré, often referred to as “The Hendrix of the Sahara,” brings a contemporary twist to the stage with his electric guitar, drawing from the rich blues influences in the region.

The collaboration between these two exceptional artists promises an exquisite blend of tradition and modernity, offering a unique experience for jazz enthusiasts and world music lovers alike.

The combination of Bassekou Kouyate’s ancestral wisdom and Vieux Farka Touré’s innovative approach connects the audience to the heart of West African rhythms, making this concert a must-see event for anyone with a passion for world music and the power of musical fusion.

Presented by PDX Jazz. If you have questions about the event, please contact PDX Jazz directly at


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