Malian music stars BKO Quintet will perform in Liverpool this December as part of their UK tour – the latest chapter in this band’s extraordinary journey.
While most musicians have the convenience of being in a relaxed atmosphere while preparing to produce their music, this was not the situation for the members of BKO Quintet.
Amidst the revolutionary turmoil which embroiled Mali in late 2012 to the brink of civil war, the band managed to maintain focused on their musical endeavor, albeit with a warranted sense of urgency, until with the proper visas and connections they were able to fly to France to produce their debut album Bamako Today.
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