Son of the Griot and multi awarded kora player, Mr. M´Bady Kouyate from Guinea, who toured the world with Ballet African since the early 60s.
Sekou followed his fathers musical talent, toured and recorded with him, and was remarked for his innovative style of playing at an early age already. Soon it became obvious that Sekou was not only a firm keeper of the Kora tradition, that he inherited from his father and uncles, but that he had a particular style of his own, open to inspiration from the contemporary music scene of the world.
During a tour to Europe,12 years old, he asked his father for wha wha pedals to add to his Kora. His father finally agreed, and Sekous style became clearly unique, with the electric, distorted sound the pedals could add to
the classical instrument.
Although often mentioned as "The Jimi Hendrix of the Kora", due to his fast riffs and amazing sound, Sekou Kouyate is really one of a kind. Sekou combines musical styles virtuously, and can blend in any style of music, lifting and beautifying the melodies, with funky rhythms or complex melodies with a deep, spiritual feeling.
His velvet soft voice, adds one more joy to the elegant music he composes. A free spirit and an open aproach to the richness of music, charactarizes the Guinean multi instrumental master.
Its a never ending pleasure to dig in to the magic music world of Sekou Kouyate.
Born into a Griot musicians family, with the father as his loving Kora master, his mother a singer, his uncles,
"Kouyate is the star of the show. He commands the Kora, coaxing from it's strings an ethereal sound somewhere between a guitar carved of crystal and a Rennaisance harpsichord. The man is a rare virtuoso" Supajam