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  • Artist(s): Bassékou Kouyaté
  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the Malian afro-rock band that features the ngoni was produced by Chris Eckman.
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  1. May 8, 2015
    90
    Ba Power is a contemporary ngoni masterclass.
  2. Uncut
    Apr 22, 2015
    90
    Ba Power feels like another dramatic leap forward and a further landmark in the integration of African tribal rhythms and western rock'n'roll. [May 2015, p.85]
  3. Mojo
    Apr 21, 2015
    80
    Ba Power is all about intensity, force and electricity. [May 2015, p.92]
  4. Apr 21, 2015
    80
    Ba Power finds Kouyaté in full command, his chattering ngoni lines augmented by guest guitars (Samba Touré, Chris Brokaw), the rhythms given a rock tinge by Robert Plant’s drummer Dave Smith.
  5. Apr 23, 2015
    80
    A fine selection of thoughtful songs.
  6. May 11, 2015
    80
    Kouyaté’s new Ba Power offers an even more streamlined and forceful take on West African tradition.
  7. Apr 24, 2015
    60
    If there’s a sense that some of Kouyate’s charm has been lost through his newfound worldliness, the experiments bear exquisite fruit on Ayé Sira Bla.

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