N'Faly Kouyaté

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?Jimi Hendrix of the kora.?

N'Faly was born in Guinea and now lives in Brussels, Belgium.

N'Faly's natural exuberance and big smile are larger than life. As one concert reviewer wrote, "N'Faly's smile and demeanor, not to mention the kora, lit the crowd up like a bong at a Grateful Dead show."

He plays the kora (a harp-lute), balafon (African xylophone) and standing n'goma drum - - all very old traditional instruments. The kora is the national symbol of culture for Gambia.

His mastery of the kora and dynamic showmanship on stage have led to his recognition as the "Jimi Hendrix of the kora?.

He is a descendant of the Griot storytellers of the Mandinka (West African Empire of Guinea, Mali and Gambia), the son of Konkoba Kabinet Kouyate of Siguiri in the Republic of Guinea.

Konkoba is a rare grade of griot, that was acquired by him through achieving difficult tests and gaining a perfect mastery of the secrets of life, composed of its deep occult secrets and also all of the magic of the Mandingue world.

Through N'Faly's success with the Afro Celt Sound System he has managed to get electricity supplied to the school in his village.

N'Faly has a CD out called "Kora Grooves" with his band Dunyakan.

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