i speak fula

Even as we’re working through some of the best recordings of the year, I’m also thinking about the live music that found its way to the area in 2010. One of the year’s most memorable shows in the region happened in April at Burlington’s Flynn Space. It was a chilly, rainy night – but only on the outside. Inside, the room was packed and the only places where people weren’t dancing were the on the chairs and risers themselves. The guests in the house that night were Mali’s Bassekou Kouyaté and Ngoni Ba. It was a big, raucous party, with the audience energy fueling the band and the band smiling and dancing and beaming it right back to complete the circuit. Exciting!

Here’s a track from Kouyaté’s latest, Grammy-nominated recording I Speak Fula:

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