Moh! Kouyate

Loundo (Un Jour)

(Foli Son)

On the opening track, “T’En Vas Pas, Ça Va Pas”, the whole history of Manding guitar music flows through Moh! Kouyate’s fingers and from his lips: fluid guitar lines that play in call and response with a vocal as imperious as a call to prayer.

But the Guinean draws on wider references, roping in friends from his Parisian base, both within and without the African diaspora.

Vincent Ségal and Piers Faccini provide a pastoral string undertone to “Gassata”; Mariama, originally from Sierra Leone, brightens up flute-heavy liberation anthem “Darré”, which deserves to be a hit single, with soulful singing.

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