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From the heart of the contemporary Mali

BKO Quintet’s music is born from a meeting between five established artists.

This gathering provides a journey into the heart of the contemporary Mali. BKO is a fresh and modern super-quintet from BAMAKO which performs an electrified and highly danceable set of Malian music. Associating the guitar of griots with the lute of Bambara hunters had never been undertaken before in the Malian music universe. It is indeed two opposite worlds that the drummers Ibrahima Sarr and Aymeric Krol have decided to bring up together in order to develop a resolutely urban music style rooted in secular tradition.

Ibrahima Sarr, powerful percussionist, masters with ease the sounds of the djembe drum and has traveled the world alongside Oumou Sangare.
 Fassara Sacko whose voice takes you from aback, differs from other griots in traditional celebrations. Yoro Sidibé’s grandson, Nfali Diakité ,with his infernal « tournes », also sings and plays his donsongoni in animist ceremonies celebrated by his peers.
 Abdoulaye Kone, master of djelingoni develops a unique psychedelic style.
He is the descendant of Djeli Baba Sissoko, and has been solicited before this quintet by great artists like Tiken Jah Kafoly, Salif Keita to tour outside of the Mali borders.
 Finally Aymeric Krol, experienced of internationals stages grooves on its strange drums. For the past 10 years he often settled in Bamako where he worked with several artists. Today, his encounter with Ibrahima Sarr gives birth to the project: BKO Quintet.