Senegal’s Kora master KADIALY KOUYATE meets Nigeria’s pianist NIRAN OBASA in a meeting of adventurous musical minds. Kora master Kadialy Kouyate is a genius griot who can trace his family tree to the 13th Century in the Mande Empire. Pianist Niran Obasa makes his name as the keyboard player in Femi and The InRhythms and the musical director of the Yoruba Women Choir.
Kadialy Kouyate is a musician, a singer songwriter inspired by the West African Griot repertoire. Born into the great line of Kouyate Griot in Southern Senegal, Kadialy’s mesmerising kora playing and singing style have been appreciated in many prestigious venues as both a soloist and in different ensembles.
Since his arrival in the UK Kadialy has played a significant part in enriching the London musical scene with his griot legacy. He has been teaching the Kora at Soas university of London for the last decade and he has also been involved in countless musical projects both as a collaborator and a session musician.
Nigerian pianist Niran Obasa established his name as one of the foremost session musicians and the gospel music in Lagos. He is the keyboardist with The Yoruba Women Choir and The Rhythms. Lately he focuses on his compositions that bring together his secular and non-secular to create improvisational music that is totally unique.
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