World class African artist performs and teaches

BASSIDI Koné is of Bobo origin, whose family originates in the region of San in Segou, Mali. Bassidi grew up beside his father's favourite instrument, the balaphon (a traditional, wooden xylophone).  

During his early teenage years, Bassidi moved to Bamako and began playing alongside a master djembefola (djembe player).

The young Bassidi extended his knowledge and skill and quickly distinguished himself through his innovative solos and technical virtuosity.  

Bassidi leads his multi-instrumental percussion and dance troupe, Bwazan. They are a family group; brothers, sisters, cousins and uncles from the same family line.  

Bassidi formed Bwazan in 2005. As ambassadors of their musical heritage they promote a message of peace, freedom, humility, and solidarity.  

Bassidi tours internationally and collaborates with internationally diverse ensemble groups and organisations such as Multicultural Arts Victoria, The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) and the internationally recognised Afro-contemporary dance company, Asanti Dance Theatre.  

Two years ago when Bassidi last toured to Australia from Bamako, West Africa, local business Rhythm Culture conducted an East Coast Tour with Bassidi performing with Highlife, former known as the Hayden Hack Infusion.  

This year Rhythm Culture will be hosting Bassidi Kone solely on the Sunshine Coast and will be celebrating with a community friendly Afro Foli Festival where Bassidi will teach and perform his wonderous balaphon and djembe skills for all to see and experience.  

Local drummer, Nathaniel Combs considers Bassidi as not only his teacher but also a very good friend and will also be an Australian representative for the upcoming association that Bassidi is creating to help build a music school for the children of Mali, West Africa.  

Nathaniel is extremely excited to be spending time with Bassidi and his wife Freya, who also lives and teaches primary school children in West Africa.  

" I will be indulging in many private lessons whilst I have him here. It's been a few years since I've visited Bassidi in Bamako, West Africa and I'm looking forward to training with him again" - Nathaniel Combs.  

Bassidi Kone will be performing alongside local band, Highlife, The Rhythm Culture Showcase and providing West African drumming workshops as part of the Afro Foli Festival in Palmwoods this July 23rd.  

For more information on this upcoming event or ph 0434585992.

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