Fresh Meets: Get jammed up and distorted

By Katharine Romefelt

In the mood for some unconventional jams? Discover the unique sounds of Malian musician Bassekou Kouyate at the Skirball Center this Thursday. Accompanied by his wife Amy Sacko and the rest of his band Ngoni Ba, Bassekou and his crew will perform a slew of songs reflecting a fusion of Malian folk music, modern rock rhythms and distortion.

Bassekou’s mix of the traditional and progressive has earned him a Grammy nomination and two BBC Radio 3 awards, as well as the opportunity to tour with renowned banjo player Bela Fleck. (Bassekou’s instrument, called a “ngoni”, is actually a precursor to the banjo).

Doors open at 7 pm to the funky grooves of DJ Tom Schnabel, and Ngoni Ba will play their set from 8 pm until 10 pm.

Broaden your musical horizons and support local artistic events so Los Angeles continues to thrive as a center with diverse artistic and cultural activities.

Admission is free and seating is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visit Skirball sunset concerts for more information.

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