Thursday, January 30, 2014

New album coming out in February from Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate

Next month Cumbancha Discovery will be releasing Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate's debut album Faya. The collaboration between a rapper/beatboxer/singer-songwriter from Syracuse, NY and an electrifying African kora sensation from Guinea pushes genre boundaries and has already earned raves across Europe.

from their bio: The well-worn and often overblown expression "music is a common language" has never been more apropos in the case of Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate. US-born, England-based Driscoll speaks no French and Kouyate, who hails from the West African country of Guinea, little English. When they were brought together at the Nuit Metis (Mixed Night) festival in Marseille, France in 2010 and given a week to produce a concert, music was the only way they could communicate.

It turns out, they had a lot to "talk" about, and their first meeting sparked a collaboration that led to the formation of a band, the recording of an album, over 120 concert dates across Europe and rave reviews. Driscoll contributes the rapping, looping, beatboxing and songwriting talents he developed growing up in Syracuse, New York, and during his own successful recording career. Kouyate, already a phenomenon in African music circles, has blown minds and ears with his hypersonic electrified riffs on the kora, bringing the exalted West African harp into the 21st Century with use of distortion peddles, effects and previously-unimagined technical prowess. Together, Driscoll and Kouyate blend hip-hop, spoken word, funk, and soulful, accessible rock with Afrobeat, reggae and irrepressible African grooves.

The 'Faya' album is set for a February 18th release date. The album has 10 songs on it, and the title track is available as a free download via the widget below:

Here is a great video showcasing what they do at their live shows, so amazing to watch the two of them in action on stage together:

Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate official site

Joe Driscoll facebook page

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