‘Senegalese kora virtuoso/singer Kadialy Kouyaté showcases his fleet-fingered skills on this mesmerizing instrument, complementing it with his hauntingly, darkly beautiful voice’ (Time Out)
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 several albums including:
-Champions of Africa – specially commissioned for the 2010 World Cup. (West One Music)
-Natural World: Mankind Vol.1 – The essential world music collection from around the globe. (West One Music)
-There Will Be Time, #1 single (Baaba Maal/Mumford and Sons)
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 Phillip 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
The crowd were treated to Muntu Valdo's guitar magic. Sauntering on stage with a springy step, softly picking at his guitar and blowing in his harmonica, he resembled a youthful, latter-day Bob Dylan. But his music is from a different stream. Using a box of tricks to double-track his guitar and voice live, he added layers of sound to create full-textured, soft songs about peace, love and Cameroonian witchcraft and charmed the audience.
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Muntu Valdo, (b. 1977), is an Afro-Blues guitarist, harmonica player and singer from Doula, Cameroon. He has performed on-stage with Ali Farka Toure, Manu Dibango, Richard Bona, Lokua Kanza, Eko Roosevelt, Lionel & Stephane Belmondo, Keziah Jones, and Alpha Blondy, and has played at Womad music festivals.