After three albums by Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba yours truly thought to have heard everything you could squeeze out of a ngoni, but somehow Kouyate but still manages to make 'Ba Power' sound fresh and exciting again. The mental trauma endured by the brutal invasion of Muslim fundamentalist forces of Ansar Dine in 2012 has been dealt with and Malians are once again look at the future with hope in their eyes. Bassekou pulls out all the stops on 'Ba Power' and it's no coincidence the title of the album translates as "great power". To put the cherry on the cake Bassekou asked a number of familiar faces to lend a hand on 'Ba Power': Samba Touré plays guitar on 'Fama Magni' (and in that song Tereta Zoumana's soku can also be heard), Adama Yalomba takes the lead in 'Waati', and Chris Brokaw of The Lemonheads plays guitar in opener 'Siran Fen' and 'Abé Sumaya'. From the solid rock influences in opener 'Siran Fen' over the bluesy 'Bassekouni' and jazzy 'Ayé Sira Bla' to the afrobeat of 'Waati', ngoni master Bassekou Kouyate once again manages to mesmerize us on this highly infectious album. Recommended listening!