Bassekou Kouyate is one of Mali's musical legends. This afternoon, he heads a rock- and blues-influenced band centered around ngonis (a stringed instrument with a goat-skin body), played by four members of his family. Burkina Electric recasts the ancient rhythms of the Sahel for the digital age, by way of Neue Deutsche Welle. Showing off their West African record collections are Bay Area crew Fool's Gold and local DJ Frank of the Nigeria Disco Inferno parties and compilation. Explore Franks extensive output of West African mixes at their blogspot.
Sun., July 25, 3 p.m., 2010