Fodé Kouyaté was an innovating griot and
kora-player, trying to bridge tradition and modernity. After having won the
prestigious price RFI Prix Découverte in 1991, he recorded
the high-tech album Anka Wili. Three years later, a more traditional
album followed. Sadly, he died in 1997.
His silky voice reminds of that of Ismael Lô,
who actually features as invited guest singer on the Anka Wili album.
Musicians on Anka Wili:
Fodé Kouyaté lead vocals, flute, kora
Mama Keita, Mama Kouyaté, Awa Maïga background vocals
Sayon Cissokho (died in 2002, r.i.p.) ngoni
Cesar Ano Kouakou bass
Thio Mbaye percussion on Simbo and Diouma
Papa Kouyaté percussion on Den and Tamba
Kemo Kouyaté, Djely Moussa Kouyaté guitar
Cheikh Tidiane Seck keyboards, production
Michel Lorentz drums, programming, Veronica Sageder sax,
Pierre Chabrel trombone, Jean-Luc De Joani trumpet, Laurent
Romain keyboard on Vanille et Chocolat
Born: as Fodé Aliou Kouyaté, 1958 in Kita (passed away 1997 in Bamako)
Style: mandingo music, kora music.
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