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Sekou Kouyate

“Sabaru” is the new album by the multi-award winning Guinean Kora virtuoso, singer and composer, Sekou Kouyate, who invented the electrified kora at the amazing age of 12 - and went on to pioneer the sound with Wa Wa pedals, fast riffs, experimental distortions and rock and jazz- influenced playing” Sekou Kouyate is considered among the world’s finest Kora players. The album SABARU, meaning patience, sums up Sekou´s musical history. Rooted in his West African traditions and influenced by the contemporary Blues, Soul, Funk and Jazz, that has also been his early inspirations, Sekou´s sound, mode of playing and the invention of the electric Kora, has inspired a whole new generation of Kora players. Sekou Kouyate is nominated for AFRIMA AWARDS 2015 and SABURU is on the Top Ten list of World Music Charts Europe October. Not only a great master of the classical musical tradition, Sekou Kouyate also amplifies his instrument and distorts the sound with wah wah pedals, , the pioneering idea he got at the age of 12, and that set new standards for West African traditional music to enter the stages of contemporary music. Yet preserving the virtues and techniques of the beautiful instrument, and the knowledge he has proudly inherited from his father, M´Bady Kouyate, and while you know it's still a Kora, the things he does with it, turn it on its head; it's little wonder he's been called the Jimi Hendrix of the instrument

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“Sekou Kouyate is one of the best Kora player’s in the world- a musical genius” Jacob Edgar, Cumbancha, USA

“Sekou is my master, I always tell him, but he denies” Toumani Diabate, Mali

“Kouyate 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” Superjam, UK

“SEKOU KOUYATE ROCKS BIG TIME! Sekou Kouyate from Guinea Conakry must be a measureless virtuoso of the Kora” Alexander Agrell, Sydsvenskan, Sweden

“Sekou Kouyate is one of the most amazing musicians in his generation from the African continent” Kinobe Herbert, Uganda/ USA

Albums

SABARU

One World Records
2015

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FAYA

Cumbancha
2012

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NIMISA

Cristal Records
2012

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DIA

Goca Music
2011

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SENO

Sternsmusic
2009

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ELECTRIC GRIOTLAND

Sterns Music
2008

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