Launch act for Musicport

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Annual world music festival Musicport will run at the Pavilion, Whitby, from Cotober 17 10 19 – with a launch act in March.

Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba plus Me and My Friend will play the venue on Friday March 14 at 8pm.

The Grammy-nominated band is from Mali and its latest album has won numerous accolades.

This will be the official launch concert for Musicport 2014 and which has just won a national award for Best UK Indoor Festival from Fatea magazine.

Bassekou Kouyate has played with stars such as Bonnie Raitt and Bono and won praise from legends like Eric Clapton. He has performed on stage with the likes of Sir Paul McCartney and Damon Albarn.

Musicport organiser Jim McLaughlin said “ We couldn’t have dreamt of a better act to launch our 2014 festival programme. I saw them three years ago in York and was totally blown away.”

Acts confirmed for this year’s festival include Catrin Finch and Seikou Keita, Robyn Hitchcock and Haddo.