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      July 29, 2019

      Monday   9:05 PM

      217 East Houston Street
      New York, New York 10002

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      BKO Quintet

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      BKO is a journey into the heart of contemporary Malian music, combining two of theWest African nations most well-known traditions, and bringing together four ofMalis finest veteran musicians in the process: Ibrahima Sarr (Oumou Sangare),Fassara Sacko, NFaly Diakit, and Mamoutou Diabate with French percussionistAymeric Krol.The project began when Krol travelled to Bamako to study the djembefola drumunder the tutelage of master drummer Ibrahima Sarr. Together, they assembledthe core group of musicians that would become the BKO Quintet, combining thevery distinct musical traditions of the Mandinka griotsjeliswith that of theBambara hunters donso to create a completely new sound.The core group consists of djembe player Ibrahima Sarr, singer Fassara Sacko, anddrummer Aymeric Krol. Add to that Adama Coulibaly, a highly regarded donsongoniplayer who has replaced NFaly Diakite in the band. He recorded with the band ontheir most recent release, Mali Foli Coura (2017, Buda Music) and has toured withthem on and off since that time. Mamoutou Diabate is a genius of the smallerdjelingoni lute, and has developed a unique, almost psychedelic style, bringing tomind Jimi Hendrix. He comes from a family of griots, and has performed and touredwith BKO since 2014.BKO Quintets first album, Bamako Today, was a long time coming. It was initiallyrecorded as a live EP in January 2012, as Mali was engulfed in the chaos of a coupdetat and armed rebellion in the North of the country. Despite these crises, thequintet persevered, and was able to record more tracks in Paris in January of 2013,finally releasing the album internationally on the Buda Musique label in March 2015.Afropops Banning Eyre wrote of that album: BKO Quintet literally formed andmade their first recordings amid crisis, and whatever the song lyrics might say,these performances exude a sense of urgency. The ensemble creates an engagingblend of rural and urban sensibilities. Prominent in the mix is the sound and feel ofhunters music, with the heavy thrumming tones of the donsongoni(hunters harp)played by Nfali Diakite, who adds rap-like incantations that evoke ancient dayswhen hunters were the storytellers and reporters of their village societies. At thesame time, we have the sharp, nimble sound of the djelingoni (Abdoulaye Kone andMbaba Sissoko) and portentous blasts of Mande griot oratory from Fassara Sacko.Since 2013, BKO Quintet has gone on to tour the world, playing festivals in Japan,Korea, southern Africa, and across Europe. The group returned in 2017 with a newalbum, Mali Foli Coula (Buda Musique, Nov 2017) which translates as New Music ofMali. Recorded at the Friche Artistique Lamartine studio in Lyon, France, anddirected by the trio of David Kiledjian, Yoan Jauneaud and Aymeric Krol, this albumis more visceral and instinctive than their first release and explores the intersectionof traditional music with the urban scene in Bamako today, incorporating elementsof rock, electric trance, and even some French chanson. Though anchored incenturies-old traditions, BKO's music will transport you to the heart of today'surban Mali as well as to the ritual and mystical depths of animist hunters.BKO bandmembers are:Ibrahima Sarr, powerful percussionist, a master of the djembe drum and who has traveled theworld alongside Malian superstar Oumou Sangare.Fassara Sacko whose arresting voice differs from other griots in traditional celebrations.Adama Coulibaly is a donsongoni player steeped in the knowledge of the traditional huntersharp, from the Wassalou region of southern Mali. He studied with the Sibiri Samak, one of the bestknown of the Wassalou hunter singers & players.Mamoutou Diabate, a young master of the djelingoni has been performing with the band sinceMarch of 2017.Finally Aymeric Krol, experienced with diverse drums on the international stage. Aymeric spentmonths each year in Bamako, studying the various drums and rhythmic patterns of Malianculture. It is there that he met and studied w/Ibrahima Saar, leading to the birth of this band,the BKO Quintet.

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