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Photo by: Andra Kouyaté
About: with bass n'goni
Photo by: Andra Kouyaté
About: with double n'goni
Photo by: Andra Kouyaté
About: with Tiken Jah Fakoly
Photo by: Andra Kouyaté
About: Deltas
Photo by: Andra Kouyaté
About: with Tiken Jah Fakoly
Photo by: Andra Kouyaté
About: portrait avec Raaga Trio
Andra Kouyaté & Magic Fɔli

Andra Kouyate is happy to present his brand new band: with a funk and groove move, this band also keeps a powerful African touch through complex rhythms, a modern urban feel, and all the warm spirit and energy of the Mandingo tradition. Andra Kouyate composes, writes, arranges, and performs: this is for him the way to revisit all his jazz, blues, reggae, and funk inspirations on traditional instruments and invent a new language for new instruments. He quickly made a name for himself next to the greatest World Music artists thanks to his impeccable technique and his very particular artistic identity. Andra Kouyate’s joy is to show how traditional instruments can be used without any limitation in the most various music styles. “Innovative” might be the best word when describing Malian Andra Kouyaté’s approach to music. Kouyaté is an inventor of instruments and a musician who isn’t afraid to take the traditional musical foundations and push them into new, contemporary arenas. - "Saxonbaird" Afropop

Andra is part of a large family of griots in Mali. In 1997, he joined two groups, one with Fantani Toure, with whom he recorded the album 'N'TIN NAARI,' and Rokia Traoré, with whom he participated in the three albums 'Mouneïssa,' 'WANITA,' and 'Bowmboï.' He toured with Rokia Traore for eight years. During the same period, Andra Kouyaté also played regularly with Toumani Diabaté and Ali Farka Toure. In 2005, Andra created the group 'Ngoni Ba' with his brother Bassekou Kouyate. They recorded the album 'SEGU BLUE' and entered into successful tours throughout the world. Andra participated in the album 'Afriki' by Habib Koité and 'RED EARTH' by Dee Dee Bridgewater. Christophe Minck called him for the album 'KIRIKOU AND KARABA,' directed by Michel Ocelot. Andra contributed to the albums 'SEYA' by Oumou Sangare, 'ALU Maye' by Leni Stern, 'AFRICAN REVOLUTION' by Tiken Jah Fakoly, and 'EL MUNDO CINEMA' by Lo'Jo. In 2007, Andra Kouyaté, Andreas Fulgosi, and Baba Konaté formed a group called Raaga Trio, an exciting encounter between the traditional music of West Africa and jazz. In 2010, Raaga Trio released their debut album 'THE OTHER EDGE' on the label AnotherShape. In 2012, he released his first album 'SARO' in Mali with a plethora of great artists from the region, including Amadou & Mariam, Bassekou Kouyate. In 2013, he recorded a CD with the duo Deltas. Currently, Andra is touring with Tiken Jah Fakoly and Deltas.

Andra has toured the world with Grammy-nominated global indie favorites Toumani Diabaté and Habib Koité, created with his brother Bassekou Kouyaté The Ngoni Ba; spent almost a decade with Rokia Traore; and is recently touring with Tiken Jah Fakoly.

Line up:

Ngoni & lead vocal: Andra Kouyaté

Drums: Koto Brawa

Bass: Seydou Millimono | or | Jacques Beaud

Guitar: Guimba Kouyaté

Vocal: Nana Menthe Kouyaté

Information: info@andrakouyate.com



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