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Amadou Kouyate


Amadou Kouyate, is continuing the musical heritage of his father’s lineage as a diali of Manding cultures through his presentation on the 21-string Kora and Djembe drum while incorporating music of his generation that ranges from traditional African to hip-hop expressions. 

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/17/2014: Strathmore Artist-in-Residence: Amadou Kouyate

The 2013–2014 Strathmore Artist-in-Residence, D.C. native, and dynamic djembe and koutiro drummer plays a mix of Manding music, traditional 13th-century songs, and contemporary original compositions incorporating blues and jazz.

Amadou Kouyate