Mamady Kouyate's MANDINGO AMBASSADORS
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Wed, 21 Jul 2021 EDT
10:00PM - 11:55PM (EDT)
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The Mandingo Ambassadors. Every Wednesday. Mamady Kouyate is one of Guinea's better known guitarist. The heir to a long line of griots, he was first taught by his father who was one of the first guinean griots to introduce the guitar. Kouyate senior specialized in transcribing traditional kora and balafon lines for the guitar and his son Mamady first made his mark as an electric guitarist in the 1970's in some of the national bands that were part of president Sékou Touré’s campaign of Authenticité - a movement that sought to create an afrocentric popluar sound. Kouyate eventually joined Guinea’s most famous export, The Bembeya Jazz, with whom he toured for years. After some political trouble, Kouyate relocated to the US in the early 2000’s where he founded the Mandingo Ambassadors, a vehicle for his own music that uses the classic 70’s sound of of Guinea's legendary Sylliphone recordings.
Every Wednesday, 10pm to midnight.
“Dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system” Ben Ratliff, NY Times.