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Music, Sat 26 Jan 2019

Bassekou Kouyate

Bassekou Kouyate


Bassekou Kouyate returns to Leeds with his latest album _Miri_, a timely exploration of the importance of love, friendship, family and true values in times of crisis.

_Miri_ means dream or contemplation in Bamana. The instrumental title track finds Bassekou back in his home village of Garana, on the banks of the Niger far away from the noise, traffic jams and political turmoil of Bamako. The rest of the album is marked by this personal, philosophical mood: his mother Yakare, who recently passed away, is honoured, and in _Deli_ he considers the value of true friendship, lamenting that “too many people today sacrifice friendship for money”. Bassekou’s blazing mastery of the electric ngoni reaches new heights with some incredible bottleneck slide playing.

We welcome him back to the Howard Assembly Room for our tenth anniversary season, following sell-out appearances in the past both with his band Ngoni Ba, and as part of the all-star _Afro-Cubism_ Revisited ensemble.

Coach parties acceptedOn-site light refreshmentsAccepts groups

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 26 Jan 2019 19:45 to 00:00


£21 (concessions available)


Entrance via Leeds Grand Theatre,
46 New Briggate,



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Map reference: SE 303338  Lat: 53.79985 Long: -1.54122

By Road:
Follow the Leeds loop and come off at junction 8.

By Public Transport:
From the railway station, walk up Park Row from City Square to The Headrow. Turn right along The Headrow. Pass The Light complex, and Dortmund Square. Turn left along New Briggate for 50yds. Leeds Grand Theatre is on the right.

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Leeds station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups