Born in Kita, Mali, the griot singer Kandia Kouyaté made herself known quite early as a member of L’Ensemble Instrumental National (the National Instrumental Ensemble of Mali).
Her solo career started in early 1980s and since then she’s been building a unique musical persona that combines the legacy of griot music and her powerful, unrestrained voice.
In autumn, she returned with a new record titled “Renaissance”, released via the Paris-based label Syllart Records. “Sadjougoulé” is a great invitation to hear the whole thing.
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