Hip Hop meets the African harp as Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate head to LEAF in Liverpool

Hip Hop meets the African harp as Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate head to LEAF in Liverpool

Africa Oyé and Mellowtone present Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate, the pioneering duo of hip hop and African music fusion, performing at the intimate venue of LEAF on Bold Street.

The pair have been creating music together since 2010 where they were given a week to prepare and produce a concert together at the Nuit Metis festival in France. Since their formation, they have released an album together, performed in numerous countries and altogether have taken the world music industry by storm.

Their debut album Faya has been praised and celebrated by critics all over the world, including Robin Denselow from the Guardian who said “their collaboration is a gloriously accessible collision of styles”.

London-based, American Driscoll and Guinean kora player Kouyate might seem an unlikely collaboration since neither of them speak a word of the other’s language, but their communication has always thrived through music. Driscoll says; “At the heart of it, we both just make the noises we love; we listen to each other, and try to flow in harmony”

At any live performance of theirs, you can expect to hear a variety of instruments, sounds and techniques. The duo are known for incorporating many different styles into their music, such as afrobeat, hip-hop, funk, soul, folk and reggae.

With plans to record their next album, this will be one of the last chances to catch them live before they head back to the studio/ Support comes from Somalian Oud player, Anwar Ali as well as Mellowtone’s resident DJs keeping things lively throughout the night.


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Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate
2015 UK Tour Listings

Sun 27th September
London African Music Festival, London
t: 0207 221 9700
w: www.tabernaclew11.com/whats-on/ 

Sunday 4th October
Leaf, Liverpool
t: 0151 707 7747
w: via Skiddle 

Monday 5th October
Deaf Institute, Manchester
t: 0844 858 8521
w: www.thedeafinstitute.co.uk/calendar.php 

Tuesday 6th October
Bodega Social Club, Nottingham
t: 0115 896 4456
w: www.bodeganottingham.com/gigs 

Wednesday 7th October
Princess Pavillion, Falmouth
t: 01326 211222
w: www.tempusleisure.org.uk 

Thursday 8th October
Thekla, Bristol
t: 0115 896 4456
w: www.theklabristol.co.uk/live 

Friday 9th October
Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle
t: 0191 222 0130
w: www.hoochiecoochie.co.uk/events/ 

Saturday 10th October
La Belle Angele, Edinburgh
t: 0131 220 1161
w: www.la-belleangele.com/event-listings/ 

Sunday 11th October
The Hug and Pint, Glasgow
t: 0141 331 1901
w: www.thehugandpint.com/whats-on/ 

Wednesday 14th October
The Jazz Cafe, London
t: 0207 485 6834
w: www.thejazzcafelondon.com/listings/ 

Thursday 15th October
Duke of Cumberland, Whitstable
t: 01227 280617
w: www.thedukeinwhitstable.co.uk/ 

Saturday 17th October
Synergy Centre, Brighton
t: 07714004495
w: www.thesynergycentre.org/synergy-events/ 

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