Kadialy Kouyate

LONDON Ninety One Living Room
91 Brick Ln, Spitalfields
E1 6QL


Senegalese kora player Kadialy Kouyate plays and sings with his band

Kadialy Kouyate is a kora player and singer from Senegal who now performs all around the UK and Europe. Kadialy was born in Kolda, Senegal, into a family of griot ‘diali’s’ oral traditional storytellers from the Mandinka culture. Brought up in such a historical family, he started to play kora at an early age, and playing instinctively by ear, he soon acquired acclaim as a griot artist, leading him to perform and teach at Dakar university, and at the West African Research Centre. The Mandinka kora is traditionally African, and is a unique harp-like instrument with 21 strings, but the style it is played in is more similar to a Flamenco guitar, while being beautifully hypnotic, and accompanied by solo voice. Touring with multiple bands, Kadialy came to Europe in 2003, and his performances and recordings have been hugely acclaimed, without exception. He is currently based in the UK, and has broadcast on radio including BBC World Service (Lucy Duran show), BBC3 World Roots, and live from WOMAD festival. Since his arrival in UK Kadialy has also played a significant part in enriching the London musical scene with his Griot legacy. As a Senior Teaching Fellow at SOAS University of London, he has been teaching the Kora to UK students for the last decade alongside his involvement in countless musical projects both as a collaborator and a session musician. With his "Sound Archive", Kadialy Kouyate draws on his heritage and its traditional songs to create his own mesmerising compositions, leading his fantastic band into the West African groove. "Sengalese kora virtuoso/singer Kadialy Kouyate showcases his fleet-fingered skills on this mesmerising instrument, complementing it with his hauntingly, darkly beautiful voice." - Time Out London Kadialy Kouyate (Kora) Gregory Sanders (Guitar) Amadou Ndir (Bass) Guiliano Osella (Drums) Mamadou Sarr (Percussion)