Bassekou Kouyate at the Cedar, 1/25/14

All the way from Mali in west Africa, Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba performed at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis Staurday night, mesmerizing the audience with their complex rhythms, entrancing vocals and mastery of the ngoni, a lute-like traditional instrument electrified here for near rock-star effect. PHOTOS BY TONY NELSON on January 25, 2014.