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N'famady Kouyate

N’famady Kouyaté

N’famady Kouyaté is a young energetic master musician from Guinea (Conakry), who relocated to Cardiff in 2019. A talented multi-instrumentalist who wowed audiences across the UK and Ireland during autumn/winter 2019/20 with his modern interpretations of traditional West African Mandingue songs and rhythms supporting Gruff Rhys on the Pang! album tour. N’famady’s primary instrument is the balafon – the traditional wooden xylophone, sacred to West African culture and his family heritage of the griot/djeli. In Guinea he founded ‘Les Héritiers du Mandingue’ a tradi-modern group that toured extensively in West Africa.

In the UK N’famady has played both as a solo artist and with a full band – where his arrangements are a fusion of Mandingue African with western jazz, pop, and funk influences provided by an ever-evolving collective of musicians. Instrumentation includes balafon, keyboards, drumkit, djembe, lead guitar, bass guitar, kora, doundoun, congas, saxophone, trumpet, & callabash. N’famady’s performances create amazing atmospheres and vibrations wherever he goes, and audiences are charmed by his infectious enthusiasm and joy. N’famady has just released his first EP, recorded in Rockfield Studios,that includes guest appearances from Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), Lisa Jên Brown (9Bach), and Kliph Scurlock (The Flaming Lips) – including mash-ups of traditional Guinean songs with new Welsh lyrics, modern & traditional instrumentation, all played by a ten piece band. N’famady has a steadily growing fanbase both in the UK and West Africa.

“N’famady Kouyate is one of the most exciting and skilled musicians that we have in Wales today. Following on from his significant contributions performing on the critically acclaimed Gruff Rhys album PANG!, it’s no surprise to us that N’famady is now gaining good career momentum in his own right, as a solo artist. We’re delighted to have N’famady showcasing at FOCUS Wales 2021 in October, and I didn’t hesitate to select N’famady as one of just 5 INES artists from Wales selected for our FOCUS Wales INES roster 2021-2022, as N’famady is well placed, with the right support, to take big steps in his career over the next year.”Andy Jones, Co-Founder & Music Programmer, FOCUS Wales (09/03/21

“…a kaleidoscope of vibrant sounds and colours, a mesmerizing and joyous introduction to a truly international artist”Bill Cummings, God is in the TV

“The sound of unfettered joy…that’s utterly utterly wonderful”Adam Walton BBC Radio Wales on Balafô Douma

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