Guitarists Mamady Kouyate
et Mamady Kouruma
, both from Guinea, have been playing together since their teenage years. They started out as troubadours who would travel from village to village, picking up gigs along the way. They both ended up joining some of the early National Orchestras such as le 22 Novembre Band, L'Orchestre Federal Kouroussa and finally, in the case of Kouyate, the Bembeya jazz
- Gunea's most prestigious musical export.
Mamady Kouyate, after getting in some political trouble back home ended up moving to New York, soon followed by Kourouma. The two have been playing in Kouyate's New York band, The Mandingo Ambassadors
. Their duo shows take us back to their early years.