N’famady Kouyaté

Saturday 30th July

Incredible fusion of Mandingue African with western jazz, pop, indie, and funk influences.


World music lovers will be blown away by the infectious enthusiasm and sheer joy of Guinean master musician N’famady Kouyaté and his full band line-up.

This talented multi-instrumentalist has wowed audiences across the UK and Ireland with his modern interpretation of traditional West African Mandingue songs and rhythms. N’famady’s primary instrument is the balafon – the traditional wooden xylophone, sacred to West African culture and his family heritage of the griot/djeli. In Guinea he founded ‘Les Héritiers du Mandingue’ a tradi-modern group that toured extensively in West Africa.

N’famady released his first EP in July 2021, recorded in the legendary Rockfield Studios, with a full band line-up, including guest appearances from Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), Lisa Jên Brown (9Bach), and Kliph Scurlock (The Flaming Lips). The EP features mash-ups of traditional Guinean songs with new Welsh lyrics, modern and traditional instrumentation, played by a ten-piece band. N’famady has a steadily growing fanbase both in the UK and West Africa.