"Senegalese kora virtuoso/singer Kadialy Kouyate showcases his fleet-fingered skills on this mesmerizing instrument, complementing it with his hauntingly, darkly beautiful voice, to create a Toumani Diabate-meets-Youssou N’Dour sound." Time Out
Born into the great line of Kouyaté griots in Southern Senegal, Kadialy Kouyaté draws on his West African heritage and its traditional songs to create his own mesmerising compositions.
Kadialy blends together beautiful Mandinka melodies with an upbeat West African groove to performs original music inspired by the West African griot repertoire.
Kadialy's debut in the UK started in a collaboration with a steel pan player Fimber Bravo. Their acclaimed album Small Talk resulted in numerous radio appearances (Radio 3's 'World Routes' and Andy Kershaw's Sunday night show) and a 2005 UK tour. "Fimber Bravo and young Senegalese kora player Kadialy Kouyaté found a common thread and proceeded to weave it into a tapestry of multi-hued beauty" (Songlines).
Extensive European tours also followed with Roswell Rudd's New York jazz group MALIcool - with their concert at Glasgow's Tramway, accompanied by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Kadialy's association with the Afro Caribbean Music Circuit (ACMC) also gave him the opportunity to tour with up and coming African musicians.
Kadialy's mesmerising kora playing and singing style have been welcomed in many prestigious venues as a soloist: (The Globe Theatre, Westminster Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Clarence House 'performing for prince Charles', O2 Arena, Union Chapel, WOMAD, on Charlie Gillett's radio show the 'World of Music,' amongst others. And in different ensembles (Adriano Adewale Group, Rafiki Jazz, Kike Pedersen 'Paraguyan Harpist')
In 2008, Kadialy represented the Kora at the "2do Festival Mundial Del Arpa" in Paraguay. In 2011 an exciting project with renowned Senegalese musician Baaba Maal resulted in recordings at Abbey Road studios and in headlining at WOMAD. In May 2012 Kadialy performed in a unique production of the Royal Shakespeare Company of Julius Caesar set in Africa, directed by Gregory Doran. The production has toured the UK, Russia and the USA for seven months in total.
Kadialy's debut album 'Londo' - selected for the fRoots November 2010 compilation CD - blends the kora with cello, double bass,Venezuelan Harp and percussion.
Kadialy is also a session composer for a library music label West One Music where he is featured on two albums; Mankind and Champion of Africa - specially commissioned for the 2010 World Cup.
Having recently completed a Masters degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Kadialy is now ready to carry on on his journey of new musical experiences.