Malian maestro Bassekou Kouyate's second album, I Speak Fula, was one of the standout albums of 2009. Kouyate's music, driven by his astonishing virtuosity on the ancient ngoni lute, sounds both ancient and modern.
I Speak Fula, which garnered a Grammy nomination for Best World Music album, was one of my favourites of 2009 and I still play it to get myself moving.
His debut work, Segu Blue, was named BBC Radio 3's Album of the Year and won him the award for Best African Musician in 2008.
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