Soriba Kouyaté

Kanakassi - CD

  • Format: CD
  • Cat No.: ACT 9272-2
  • Barcode: 6 14427 92722 4
  • German Release: 01/09/1999
  • Genre: World Jazz
Only digitally available

Griots: »We are vessels of speech, we are the repositories which harbor secrets many centuries old. The art of eloquence has no secrets for us. I derive my knowledge from my father, who also got it from his father; history holds no mystery for us, every name has a meaning, a secret import. For the world is old, but the future springs from the past. My word is pure and free of all untruth. Listen to my word, you who want to know« (from Sundiata: An Epic of Old Mali by Djibril Tamsir Niane)The virtuoso Senegalese kora player Soriba Kouyaté is a griot, one of a group of West African musicians who trace their heritage back to the 13th century and the rule of the legendary emperor of the ancient kingdom of Mali, Sundiata. Griots are the historians, praise singers, and musicians of the West African Mandingo society. In Sundiata’s time, griot...

line up

Soriba Kouyate - Kora
Paolo Fresu - Trumpet
Linley Marthe - Bass
Joël Allouche - Drums, Percussion
Gérard Pansanel - Acoustic Guitar
Jean-Charles Agou - Saxophones, Flute
François Quillet - Piano
Philippe Gaillot - Syntheziser, Electric Guitar, Vocals

Recording Information

Recorded at Recall Studio Pompignan, France in May 1998
Mixed at Recall Studio Pompignan, France in September 1998
Sound Engineer: Philippe Gailllot, Assistant Engineer: Renaud Van Welden
Mastered by Jan Erik Kongshaug at Rainbow Studio, Oslo
Produced for Recall by Joelle Merlier & Philippe Gaillot