Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate

Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate

 Bristol, England, GBR

A Cross cultural project with a difference which has gained press and media attention throughout the whole of Europe. Originally from Conakry, Guinea, Sekou Kouyate, is a member of world-renowned band Ba Cissoko and is known in France as the ‘Jimi Hendrix of the kora’.
"An unlikely collaboration that works magnificently" The Guardian ****
“Mind blowing world music that redefines the term” The Big Issue
“Driscoll’s rapid-fire rhyming is echoed by Kouyate’s lightning fast kora licks” Songlines



"He doesn't speak any French, and I speak no English... but through music, we understand."- Sekou Kouyate

In the port city of Marseilles, home to many a nomadic soul, Joe Driscoll first met Sekou Kouyate. The two were paired up to collaborate at the French festival 'Nuit Metis' (Nights of Mixed Race), and though they shared no spoken common language, they encountered no obstacles communicating through their music. After a few weeks of improvising and jamming, they had found a spiritual and musical bond of kindred spirits. Though from different ends of the Earth and different cultures, they had reached the same path by ignoring all musical and physical boundaries in the pursuit of true inspiration.

Sekou Kouyate, originally from Conakry, Guinea was raised in a large musical family tradition. Yet, it is not only his traditions, but his ability to transcend them that has set him apart. In France he is known as the 'Jimi Hendrix of the kora', because of his unique style of playing with various effects, in a variety of genres, and with an extreme intensity. He has toured the world over with the band Ba Cissoko, comprised of his cousin and brothers.

Joe Driscoll, the man Cee-Lo Green labeled 'the gangsta with an iron lung' has been touring steadily for years, spreading his unique fusion of folk and hip-hop. The modern day take on the one man band, he uses live looping to create soundscapes full of beatbox, guitar, harmonica, percussion, didjerido, and just about anything else he can find! A ground breaking and totally genre- defying live act, he has been in high demand the world over- performing at Glastonbury Festival, Electric Picnic in Ireland, and Lake of Stars in Malawi, Africa.

After just a week of jamming together, these two musicians from opposite ends of the earth knew that they had found a special type of musical brotherhood. The resulting album is a mad fusion of afrobeat, hip-hop, folk, and reggae, that defies any simple tags or description. Kouyate and Driscoll both ignore convention and boundaries completely, rather subscribing to the great Louis Armstrong's philosophy that "There are only two types of music: good and bad." This album clearly illustrates these two are definitely in the former camp.


The Debut Album Faya was released in November 2012 .

The first single and video release off the album 'Womanti'

The second single and video release off the album 'Passport'

The Third single and video release off the album 'Faya'

Set List

1. Passport


3. Lady

4. Ghetto Many

5. Lady

6. Zion

7. New York

8. Tanama

9. Wonamati

10. Faya