Part of Friday LunchFriday 27 July 2012
A mad genre-defying fusion of afrobeat, hip-hop, folk and reggae, this American-Guinean collaboration is a spiritual and musical pairing of kindred spirits.
Sekou Kouyate, originally from Conakry, Guinea was raised in a large family with a strong musical tradition. Yet, it is not only his traditions, but his ability to transcend them that has set him apart. In France he is known as the 'Jimi Hendrix of the kora', because of his unique style of playing with various effects, in a variety of genres, and with an extreme intensity. He has toured the world over with the band Ba Cissoko, comprised of his cousin and brothers.
Joe Driscoll, the man Cee-Lo Green labelled 'the gangsta with an iron lung' has been touring steadily for years, spreading his unique fusion of folk and hip-hop. The modern-day take on the one man band, he uses live looping to create soundscapes full of beatbox, guitar, harmonica, percussion, didjerido and just about anything else he can find! A groundbreaking and totally genre-defying live act, he has been in high demand the world over - performing at Glastonbury Festival, Electric Picnic in Ireland, and Lake of Stars in Malawi, Africa.
'He doesn't speak any French, and I speak no English... but through music, we understand' (Sekou Kouyate)