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Track Listing
01. Dela
02. Dindinya
03. Desert
04. Groove Kora
05. Fouta
06. Moutouma
07. Etanama
08. Nade
09. Ska
10. Emourafama
11. Dificil
12. Mobeny
Artist:
Sekou Kouyate
Title:
Sabaru
Label:
One World Records
Cat No:
SKCV123
Format:
CD
Price £12.99
• “Sabaru” is the new album by the multi-award winning Guinean Kora virtuoso, singer and composer, Sekou Kouyate, who invented the electrified kora at the amazing age of 12 - and went on to pioneer the sound with fast riffs, experimental distortions and rock and reggae-influenced playing.

• His family band, Section Kora, impressed audiences and the press on their recent successful tours Scandinavia and Mexico - and they recorded this album during visits to Copenhagen in 2014 and 2015.

• “Sabaru”, meaning patience, is a key word in Sekou´s musical history: rooted in West African traditions and influenced by the contemporary blues, soul, funk and jazz, that had also been his early inspirations. Sekou extracts multiple sound layers from his kora - a rich instrument with endless possibilities for complex combinations of tones and polyrhythms - and on which he performs with great individual expression.

• ‘Sabaru’ is full of funky bass lines, irresistible rhythms, soulful vocals…. and most of all, mesmerising kora playing…. like silver pearls of sound falling from a sunlit sky.

• An unpretentious album by a virtuoso who goes into the studio and effortlessly creates his music on the spot. Not in any way overproduced, the recordings are simply made to sound as if the listener is present in the room with the musicians. It’s an album that takes you on a joyous journey.

• Sekou Kouyate has been called ‘West Africa’s equivalent to Jimi Hendrix’. His sound, mode of playing and the invention of the electric Kora has inspired a whole new generation of kora players. He recorded with his father, M’Bady Kouyate, in 1997, and has since recorded and worked with : Ba Cissoko, Blick Bassy, Roberto Fonseca, and rapper & beatboxer Joe Driscoll, as well as his own albums. Today he is considered one of the world’s best kora players.

• “Sekou is my master, I always tell him, but he denies it” - Toumani Diabate, Mali

• “Sekou Kouyate is one of the best Kora player’s in the world - a musical genius” - Jacob Edgar, Cumbancha, USA

• “Kouyate commands the Kora, coaxing from its strings an ethereal sound somewhere between a guitar carved of crystal and a Rennaisance harpsichord. The man is a rare virtuoso” - Superjam, UK

Personnel : Sekou Kouyate, vocal, kora, electric kora, guitar, bass(*); Sefoudi Kouyate, kora; Mohamed Kalissa, kora; Bouba Kouyate, bass; Mohamed Kaba, drums, calabash; Facinet Sylla, djembe, congas; Francis Kweku Osei, drums(**), tama, udu, clave, congas (***); on “Etanama” : Gaddiel Amoah, bass; Carl Amoah, keys. Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Richard Plougmann. Produced by Sekou Kouyate & Carolina Vallejo