Bassekou Kouyaté Ngoni
Corey Harris Guitar & Vocals
Joachim Kühn Piano
Majid Bekkas Guembri & Vocals
Moctar Kouyaté Percussion

The Routes of Blues

»The birthplace of the Blues is Mali« said musician Bassekou Kouyaté nonchalantly a short while ago in a documentary film. In our Song Conversation the ngoni player, whose instrument is considered the precursor of the banjo, meets with guitarist and anthropologist Corey Harris. He takes the original blues from the American side of the ocean, doses it with unlimited love of freedom and finally gives it over to jazz. Now Joachim Kühn comes into play. The doyen of the German pianist scene is known as a passionate explorer of new musical ground. Yet he always keeps the roots of blues in his mind. Together with Moroccan Majid Bekkas, he tracks it back to its origins, almost casually creating a connection to the present world situation. Bekkas appears on stage, a descendant of those whose fate was decisively influenced by colonialism and slave trade. Thus the history of blues continues to be made, and all can take the liberty of seeing this musician and his performance as an expression of hope.