Born into the great line of Kouyaté griots in Southern Senegal, Kadialy Kouyaté brings his West African heritage and its traditional songs to his own mesmerising compositions and to his extensive collaborative and ensemble projects.
Kadialy first made a name for himself in the UK with both his solo performances and his success with steel pan player Fimber Bravo. Their acclaimed album Small Talk resulted in numerous radio appearances (Radio 3′s ‘World Routes’ and Andy Kershaw’s Sunday night show) and a 2005 UK tour.
Extensive European tours also followed with Roswell Rudd’s New York jazz group MALIcool – with their concert at Glasgow’s Tramway, accompanied by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, broadcast the following week on Radio 3.
Kadialy’s association with the Afro Caribbean Music Circuit (ACMC) also gave him the opportunity to tour with up and coming African musicians such as Nuru Kane and Daby Balde. He released his beautiful debut CD Londo in 2010 recorded with his Sound Archive ensemble.
Now well-established in the UK, Kadialy’s progressive kora playing and eloquent singing style have been welcomed in many prestigious venues, regularly performing solo and in different ensembles including with Adriano Adewale Group, Rafiki Jazz, and Kike Pedersen. Appearances include The Globe Theatre, Westminster Hall, Royal Festival Hall, O2 Arena, Union Chapel, WOMAD and the late Charlie Gillett’s BBC radio show ‘World of Music’.
Kadialy is available as solo performer and with his own band, currently:
Kadialy Kouyate – Kora, Vocals
Abdoulaye Samb – Guitar
Chris van Beuren – Guitar
Mulele Matondo – Bass Guitar
Abass Dodoo: Calabash, Percussion
Senegalese kora virtuoso/singer Kadialy Kouyate showcases his fleet-fingered skills on this mesmerising instrument, complementing it with his hauntingly, darkly beautiful voice, to create a Toumani Diabate-meets-Youssou N’Dour sound. Time Out