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Jazz, rooted in the African diaspora, is a diverse music genre with nebulous boundaries drawing influence from a multitude of cultures. One of these cultures displayed its musical rhythms last week as musician Bassekou Kouyate and his West African musical band Ngoni Ba played to an almost sold-out crowd. Playing in SFJazz Center‘s Miner Auditorium, the high pitches and rapid melodies of the Ngnoi string instrument were masterly interwoven with sounds of drums and other African instruments. As the rhythmic and energetic music played, a handful of mostly behaved audience members broke out of their seats and danced in the best way they know how. The performance was somewhat drawn out but overall made for a positive and stimulating night out experience.
For more information on events happening at the SF Jazz Center, a calendar of events featuring artist schedules can be found here.
SFJazz Center, Bassekou Kouyaté, Ngoni Ba, Ngoni, Miner Auditorium