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BKO Quintet unites hunters and griots

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Malian percussionist Ibrahima Sarr and French percussionist Aymeric Krol have joined forces and musical cultures to form BKO Quintet with three other musicians from Mali. Their debut album Bamako Today is original, modern and unique, bringing together two traditional Malian guitars: Djelingoni from the griot universe and Donsogoni from the animist hunter caste. 

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“It’s the first Malian band to mix these two universes together,” says Krol. "For Malians, it’s extraordinary, the first time they can see all culture, all life, in one band, one music.” The arian voice of the griot and the deep one of the hunter also enrich the album. Krol talks to RFI about the passion behind this unique musical adventure and the challenges of working during the curfew in Bamako between 2012 and 2013 as they prepared their first European tour.

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They play at Quai Branly in Paris on 22 June 2015.

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