Stamp your passport with musicBy Bill Francis
March 23, 2009
Fans of world music will be in for a double treat as the Concert Hall stamps passports for a double bill of March medleys.
On Friday, Tunng with Tinariwen will perform their unique sound, then on Tuesday, March 31, the hall will be filled by the sound of Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba.
Tunng say their sound is instantly recognisable, but never seems to stand still, with lyrics that explore the dark crevices of life. Tinariwen are purveyors of desert blues, whose hypnotic rhythms and trance-like melodies are said to be as intoxicating as they are unsettling.
The two groups first came together in February to record a session for BBC Radio 3. Now they are taking their fluid set on the road, including their visit to Reading on Friday.
Meanwhile on Tuesday, March 31, Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba will perform Bambara music from the Malian region of Segu.
The evening will feature music from his first solo album, Segu Blue, showcasing why he is said to be one of the true masters of the ngoni, a lute-like instrument from West Africa.
Bambara music is as close to the blues as you can get in Africa.
Tunng with Tinariwen start their concert on Friday at 8pm. Tickets cost £14. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba’s concert starts at 7.30pm on Tuesday, March 31. Tickets cost £15.
For more information, call (0118) 960 6060 or log on to www.readingarts.com.