BKO Quintet’s music is born from a meeting between five established artists.
This gathering provides a journey into the heart of the contemporary Mali.
Ibrahima Sarr, powerful percussionist, masters with ease the sounds of the djembe drum and has travelled the world alongside Oumou Sangare. Fassara Sacko whose voice takes you from aback, differs from other griots in traditional celebrations. Yoro Sidibé’s grandson, Nfali Diakité,with his infernal tournes, also sings and plays his donsongoni in animist ceremonies celebrated by his peers. Abdoulaye Kone, master of djelingoni develops a unique psychedelic style. He is the descendant of Djeli Baba Sissoko, and has been solicited before this quintet by great artists like Tiken Jah Kafoly, Salif Keita to tour outside of the Mali borders. Finally Aymeric Krol, experienced of international stages, grooves on its strange drums. For the past 10 years he often settled in Bamako where he worked with several artists. Today, his encounter with Ibrahima Sarr gives birth to the project: BKO Quintet.
After a European tour of 25 dates, BKO QUINTET decides to return in the studio during their tour to record a debut album.
The first EP was recorded live in January 2012 in Bamako, the popular district of Medina Coura. In the new edition, some tracks recorded in January 2013 have been added to the EP. The present arises from the past, this inhabited music is far from the World standardised sound.