Subscribe to BEMAC Newsletter!

Events Calendar

World Music Café: Koné Express

World Music Café: Koné Express

Travelling from his culturally rich and vibrant homeland of Mali (West Africa), following in the traditions of great artists before him such as Salif Keita. Oumou Sangara, Toumani Diabate and Rokia Troare, virtuoso drummer and balafonist Bassidi Koné now brings his shining spirit and awe inspiring musical expression to Australia.

Joining forces with a band of energised, talented local musicians, Bassidi will be running percussion workshops & performing live with his Aussie based group Koné Express across the sunburnt country throughout May & June 2014.

“Bassidi wields through mastery of the djembe, balafon and the songs of tradition. It results in performances that exude freedom and delight audiences all over the world” – Mateja Miljacki – Producer, Samba Lolo Productions, Boston, U.S.A

Koné Express play a fearless and foot stomping set that navigates itself effortlessly through the realms of afro-jazz, latin, trance and reggae. On a rock solid rhythm section the young Koné weaves entrancing melodies on an enormous pentatonic marimba that originates from the Bobo tribes of Burkina Faso. Add to this a powerful horn section, dub keys, sublime guitar riffs and a world of tasty counter rhythmic grooves and you’ll find yourself embracing an uncontrollable urge to dance and rejoice.

Koné Express debut album ‘non stop’ was recorded in Mali & Melbourne mixed in Northcote, mastered in London and will be first available on CD & digi download on the Australian leg of their ‘non stop’ world tour.

Performing with Koné Express in Australia 2014 are: Bassidi Koné, Simon Lewis, Matt Rodd, Roland Cox, Tom Williams, Mat Baulch, Chris Toro, Nick Adams, Bortier Okoe and Shabba.

PLEASE NOTE THAT SEATING IS GENERAL ADMISSION AND THERE IS BOTH SEATED AND STANDING ROOM ONLY. DANCING IS ENCOURAGED!

Koné Express drumming workshop details here.

Event Snapshot

Dates: Sunday 11 May
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Duration: 1.5 hrs
Tickets: Full $20 Con & BEMAC members $15
Address: 102 Main St Kangaroo Point.
Artist website: soundcloud.com/koneexpress
Buy Tickets