JOE DRISCOLL & SEKOU KOUYATE
After just a week of jamming together, these two musicians from opposite ends of the earth knew that they had found a special type of musical brotherhood. The resulting album is a mad fusion of afrobeat, hip-hop, folk, and reggae, that defies any simple tags or description.
The 4 piece band have become firm friends and have been touring Europe & USA ever since to rapturous reception from audiences of all flavours.
"...their collaboration is a gloriously accessible collision of styles. It starts with a throbbing riff and furious workout from Kouyate that explains why they call him the "Hendrix of the kora" "It's an unlikely collaboration that works, magnificently, especially on the angry, driving and rhythmic Birnakely. There's only one problem: at 37 minutes, it's too short"
Robin Denselow, The Guardian
Ba Cissoko, nephew of the great kora maestro M'Bady Kouyaté, remains in his way of playing close to tradition, but is modern in his compositions. His group, consisting of Sekou Kouyaté, also on kora, bass player Kourou Kouyaté (both sons of the same M'Bady Kouyaté) and percussionist Ibrahima Bah, is a tight set creating a whole new way of interpreting the mandingo musical heritage. It is mainly due to Sekou Kouyaté's electrically enhanced kora that creates a new sound, which gave him his nickname "Jimmi Hendrix africain".
is a musical project that was created in autumn 2009 and brings together African and Slovenian virtuoso musicians who for many years actively involved in West African music. The junction of the interplay between traditional African music with jazz, funk and rock in the energy-packed whole, but does not lack the lyricism.