Famoro Kouyate

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b. c.1940, Guinea. Kouyate was the bass player for Balla Et Ses Balladins during the 60s. In 1967 he was one of a group of musicians who left the Balladins in order to work in the Guinean band of Miriam…
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b. c.1940, Guinea. Kouyate was the bass player for Balla Et Ses Balladins during the 60s. In 1967 he was one of a group of musicians who left the Balladins in order to work in the Guinean band of Miriam Makeba, with whom he toured throughout the world. He left her band in 1978 and two years later rejoined the Balladins, staying with them until their 1984 split (owing to the removal of government subsidy). In 1990 he formed Kike (meaning ‘the Moon’), a group which featured members of Kouyate’s extensive family playing traditional instruments, including balafons, djembes and peulh flute, alongside his own electric bass and a duo of female singers. Assusu was recorded over three days at the Futura Nightclub in the Hotel de L’Unite in Conakry, Guinea.