Thursday 10 February 2022

N’famady Kouyaté, Celtic Connections festival 2022

N’famady Kouyaté, performed at the Theatre Royal as part of Celtic Connections festival 2022, to support Rura. 

Kouyate from Guinea (Conakry) provided an energetic support for Rura. He played a traditional wooden xylophone from westAfrica called a balaton, stoking the keys with strong dynamism! He plays modern interpretations of traditional West African Mandingue songs and rhythms. Kouyate is a multi-instrumentalist and has toured as support to Gruff Rhys on the Pang! album tour. He now lives in Wales - and next year for the 2023 festival, cc will partner with our Celtic cousins in Wales.