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Faya

Joe Driscoll, Joe Driscoll & Sekou KouyateAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (February 18, 2014)
  • Original Release Date: 2014
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cumbancha
  • ASIN: B00H9Z6QN4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,852 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"We all know the well-worn cliches of how music is the universal language and that music transcends all borders because we ve heard them countless times in our lives and yet, there s a profound truth in it. Certainly, that was the case for the unique collaboration of the Syracuse, NY-born and UK-based singer/songwriter Joe Driscoll, who beatboxes, plays guitar and uses looping machines and Sekou Kouyate, the Guinean kora player who has become a phenomenon in African music circles for his use of effects and distortion pedals with the kora.

The album s first single, Passport is a accessible mix of three or four different styles elements of folk, hip-hop traditional African music, Western pop but in a way that feels warmly familiar, friendly and breezy. The album s latest single (and album title track) Faya continues the preceding single s breezy feel but focuses more on hip-hop and reggae that s kind of reminiscent of acts like Umpreys McGee, Matisyahu and others. And much like those artists, there s a sweetness at the song s center that s sincere and infectious." --Joy of Violent Movement

"Kouyate s spellbinding kora provides a perfectly unexpected melodic undertone to Driscoll s dexterous flow." --Okay Africa

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The collaboration between a rapper, beatboxer and singer-songwriter from Syracuse, NY and an electrifying African kora sensation from Guinea pushes genre boundaries and earns raves across Europe.

"A gloriously accessible collision of styles. It's an unlikely collaboration that works, magnificently." The Guardian (UK)

"A boundary-trampling high-octane hybrid in which the lightning fast electrified licks of Kouyate are matched by the explosive energy of Driscoll's rapid fire rhyming." Songlines (UK)


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.

Faya has already earned praise from tastemakers and devoted fans across Europe where Joe & Sekou have performed in many of the continent's top festivals and venues. Faya reached the number 2 spot on the prestigious World Music Charts Europe, a survey of top international music DJs across the continent. Their album earned Joe & Sekou a nomination for Best Cross-Cultural Collaboration from Songlines, the UKs definitive global music magazine. The Cumbancha Discovery release of Faya includes a bonus remix of the album's title track by UK DJ collective Gentleman's Dub Club.

Sekou Kouyate was raised in a respected and accomplished musical family in Conakry, Guinea. Trained in the ancient traditions of his instrument, it is his ability to transcend and build upon those traditions 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. Kouyate has toured the world over as a member of the Ba Cissoko band, comprised of his cousin and brothers.

Joe Driscoll, whom 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, harmonica, and just about anything else he can make use of. Now living in Bristol, England, Driscoll has performed his ground breaking solo show at the famed Glastonbury Festival, Electric Picnic in Ireland, and hundreds of major stages worldwide.

With plans already in the works to record a follow-up album, Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate have discovered that music speaks louder than words.

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5.0 out of 5 stars what a diamand! May 13, 2014
Format:Audio CD
Saw them on stage 3 days ago and it was one of my best concerts ever! Since then I can't stop to listen to their music which enchants everybody. One of those albums that you would take on an island...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album June 10, 2013
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I love this album, it captures the essence of world music in a new style! Joe and Sekou meld hip-hop influenced American vocals with African Kora playing (guitar like sounding instrument) in a wholly fresh way that will knock your socks off!
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