Kadialy Kouyate and his ensemble Sound Archive, featuring an outstanding group of London musicians play original music inspired by the Mandinka griot tradition that will lead you into the West African groove.
Kadialy Kouyate is a musician, a singer songwriter inspired by the West African Griot repertoire. Born into the great line of Kouyate Griot in Southern Senegal, Kadialy’s mesmerising kora playing and singing style have been appreciated in many prestigious venues as both a soloist and in different ensembles.
Since his arrival in the UK Kadialy has played a significant part in enriching the London musical scene with his griot legacy. He has been teaching the Kora at Soas university of London for the last decade and he has also been involved in countless musical projects both as a collaborator and a session musician.
He is featured on the West One Music album Champions of Africa – specially commissioned for the 2010 World Cup.
In 2011 an exciting new project with Baaba Maal resulted in headlining the WOMAD stage and recordings at Abbey Road Studios. Extended sessions with Baaba Maal and Mumford and Sons resulted in a studio session of a #1 single (There Will Be Time) on South African music charts in January 2016, the single will be released on Record Store Day in the UK in April 2016.
In May 2012 Kadialy took part in a unique production of Julius Caesar by the Royal Shakespeare Company. He toured with the production for seven months around the UK, Moscow and the United States.
In September 2015 Kadialy took part in the remaking of the all time TV mini series ROOTS. The first episode, directed by renowned Australian director Philip Noyce has been shot in different parts of South Africa during the period of September/November where Kadialy has spent time shooting is role as the Griot but also working as a cultural consultant.
Kadialy has played: The Royal Festival Hall, The O2 Arena, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Woodstock with Afro Celt Sound System (to an audience of 750,000), European tours, Australia, North America. Radio and TV appearances: BBC Radio 3 ‘World Routes’; Charlie Gillett’s ‘World of Music; BBC World Service (Radio and Television) amongst others.
“Senegalese kora virtuoso/singer Kadialy Kouyate showcases his fleet-fingered skills on this mesmerizing instrument, complementing it with his hauntingly, darkly beautiful voice, to create a Toumani Diabate – meets-Youssou N’Dour sound.” TIME OUT