Leni Stern is a guitarist and vocalist who has released nearly 20 albums as a leader since 1986. In 2005, she was invited to perform at the Festival au Desert in Timbuktu, Mali. There she met Bassekou Kouyate and dove headfirst into the traditions of West African guitar and, later, the ngoni. Stern’s most recent release is 3, a collaboration with Mamadou Ba and Alioune Faye. Visit lenistern.com for more information.