Andra Kouyaté

October 2014 - Release EP "Je vous aime"

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Je vous aime

Line up:
Andra Kouyate Ngoni & lead vocal
Koto Brawa Drums | or | Gilles Dupuis
Seydou Millimono Bass | or | Jacques Beaud
Daoud Dembele Guitar
Nana Kouyaté Backing vocal

Praising exchange for exchange is a treasure. Joy of sharing with others, with you.
In spite of all the love from their parents, children forget their carefreeness to go their own way very quickly
Good things are everywhere, just open your eyes and heart
the importance of the elder brother in African families

Saro - 2012 - Studiomali

Traditional Inventiveness: Andra Kouyaté and Sèkè Chi Reveal the Innovative Spirit and Polyglot Funk in Mali’s Deepest Roots. In some musically vibrant corners of the world, innovation is the tradition. Inventing a new version of the ngoni—the precursor to the banjo that can render lightning-fast melodies in skilled hands—Andra took a fresh approach to the traditional instrument, adding the bass sounds he missed to the mix by carefully modifying the n’goni until it achieved a deeper, richer resonance and found the new expressive quality he craved. A relentless rehearser, arranger, and stickler for detail, he thoughtfully incorporates subtle reggae vibes (“Saro,“ “Yereko”) or funk flourishes (“Aye Anflé”) to his deep roots.
On his first major international release, Andra and his youthful ensemble Sèkè Chi bring a wide-ranging, aesthetically linked set of songs on Saro (Studio Mali; July 31, 2012). Saro features contributions by Amadou and Mariam; by local star Mah Bara Soumano; by older brother Bassekou Kouyaté; by respected Malian singer Ami Sacko; by Harouna Samake the kamele n’goni player for Salif Keita; and by balafon whiz Lassana Diabaté of the Grammy-winning project AfroCubism.
- "The album reveals Andra’s stunning ability to embrace not only all the musical possibilities of Mali’s many traditions, but also a relentless drive to create and re-imagine the music he loves."
- “Entertaining music is great. Enduring music is better. Music deeply rooted in tradition yet of and for the modern world — that may be best of all. And that’s the heart of Andra Kouyate & Seke Chi’s sound on the new album Saro." Scott Stevens"
- "Saro stands as a fine example of Malian musical openness and pan-ethnic innovation at its best.” "Banning Eyre"


2014 The Rough Guide To The Music Of Mali |

2013 Sabou - Abou Diarra | Mix & Metisse / Warm UP

2013 Deltas - Deltas | Kazemix Records

2012 Cinéma el Mundo - Lo’Jo | Harmonia Mundi / World Village

2010 African Revolution - Tiken Jah Fakoly | Wrasse Records

2010 The Other Edge - Raaga Trio | AnotherShapeRecords

2009 I Speak Fula - Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba | Outhere Records

2009 Seya - Oumou Sangaré | World Circuit

2009 Gueleya (mp3) - 2Fanga (Andra Kouyaté & Mah Bara Soumano) | Studio Mali

2009 Spirit in the water - Leni Stern | Leni Stern’s Records

2008 Africa - Leni Stern | Leni Stern’s Records

2008 Sabali (cassette) - Mah Bara Soumano | Studio Mali

2008 Gender Revolution - Marc Liebeskind | Marc Liebeskind / NHS

2007 Segu Blue - Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba | Outhere Records

2007 Afriki - Habib Koité & Bamada | Contre-Jour / Cumbancha

2007 Red Earth - Dee Dee Bridgewater | Emarcy Records

2007 Kirikou et Karaba - Michel Ocelot (dir.) | EMI France

2007 Alu Maye, have you heard - Leni Stern | Leni Stern’s Records

2007 fRoots 29 (ft. “Andra’s Song’ from ‘Segu Blue ) - Various Artists | Folk Roots

2003 Bowmboï - Rokia Traoré | Nonesuch

2003 Mali Lolo - Stars of Mali - Various Artists | Smitsonian Folkways

2002 Je chanterai pour toi - Boubacar Traoré | Marabi

2000 N’tin Naari - Fantani Touré | Sterns Records

2000 Wanita - Rokia Traoré | Indigo

1998 Mouneïssa - Rokia Traoré | Indigo