Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate will embark on their UK autumn tour this weekend, starting at the African Music Festival, London on 27th September, 2015.
When Driscoll, a singer songwriter from Syracuse, New York, and Kouyate, originally from Guinea, first met at Nuit Metis Festival in Marseille in 2010, they discovered that where words failed, music would speak. Driscoll knew no French, and Kouyate spoke very little English, so they did what any talented musicians would; put together a concert in less than a week, formed a band and went on to tour 120 European concert dates.
Kouyate is known in France as the ‘Jimi Hendrix of the kora’ because of his unique style of playing with various effects on the kora, the 21 stringed West African harp.
Bristol-based Driscoll has been touring steadily for years, spreading his unique fusion of folk and hip-hop, and is known as the modern day one man band, with his use of live looping to create soundscapes full of beatbox, guitar, harmonica, percussion and harmonica.
Following the international success of their debut album ‘Faya’, the duo have expanded their band with the addition of bassist John Railton and drummer James Breen, and are currently working on their second album ‘Monistic Theory’, which is due for release in early 2016.
” “Monistic Theory”, refers to the philosophy that there is one substance that forms the grounds of reality, and that all the universe shares one common source. What drives us in this project, is the transcendental power of music- its ability to remind us all of the things we share in common, rather than the divisions that separate us,” explained Joe.
They’ve performed at more than 30 festivals across the UK, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, Switzerland and Austria with standout performances at festival Mundial (Holland), Fusion Festival (Germany), Festival Nuits D’Afique (Montreal), Edinburgh Jazz Festival, Music Meeting (Netherlands) and their headline show in Chai Wallahs at Greenman festival.
This autumn, Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate will hit the road again on a UK tour that will preview tracks from the new album.
2015 UK Tour
Sun 27thSeptember – African Music Festival, London
Sun 4th October – Africa Oye & Mellowtone present – Leaf, Liverpool
Mon 5th October – Deaf Institute, Manchester
Tues 6th October- Bodega Social Club, Nottingham
Weds 7th October – Princess Pavilion, Falmouth, Cornwall
Thurs 8th October – Thekla, Bristol
Fri 9th October – Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle
Sat 10th October –La Belle Angele, Edinburgh
Sun 11th October – Hug and Pint, Glasgow
Weds – 14th October – The Jazz Café, London
Thurs 15th October – Duke of Cumberland, Whitstable
Fri – 17th October – The Synergy Centre, Brighton