star ngoni player Basekou Kouyaté has been detained at the Brussels airport from Friday 4 march until Thursday 10 march
for an alledged false entry stamp in
his passport. Although his passport and visum for entry into the Schengen countries were in order, he was according to the
article by www.grioo.com to be redirected to Algeria from where he had travelled.|
After negociations by the Malian authorities and the concert organiser Zuiderpershuis in Antwerp, he has been released just
in time to give a concert the next day in Brussels. He also performed on 12 March in Utrecht,
the Netherlands, albeit without his band Samagera who was not able to make it.
Difficulties that African artists of great fame (Bassekou Kouyate has worked with Carlos Santana and many others) are having
with immigration authorities are more and more frequent in recent times. It is a crying shame that artists of Bassekou's fame
are being bullied by stupid Belgian immigration officers for futilities just because they are Africans.