N'famady Kouyaté with band + Faye Houston
Saturday 12th November 2022
+ Faye Houston
Doors 8:00 pm
Price Advance: £12.50 + booking fee / On the door: £16.50
Melting Vinyl Presents:
N’famady Kouyaté + Faye Houston
The Rose Hill, Rose Hill Terrace, Brighton, BN1 4JL
Doors: 8.00pm / Start time: 8.30pm
Advance: £12.50 + booking fee / On the Door: £16.50
Age restrictions: Over 18s
N’famady Kouyaté is a young energetic master musician from Guinea (Conakry), who relocated to Cardiff (Wales) in 2019. A talented multi-instrumentalist who wowed audiences across the UK and Ireland during autumn/winter 2019/20 with his modern interpretations of traditional West African Mandingue songs and rhythms supporting Gruff Rhys on the Pang! album tour. N’famady’s primary instrument is the balafon – the traditional wooden xylophone, sacred to West African culture and his family heritage of the griot/djeli. In Guinea he founded ‘Les Héritiers du Mandingue’ a tradi-modern group that toured extensively in West Africa.
In the UK N’famady has played both as a solo artist and with a full band line up – where his arrangements are a fusion of Mandingue African with western jazz, pop, indie, and funk influences provided by an ever-evolving collective of musicians. Instrumentation includes balafon, keyboards, drumkit, djembe, guitar, bass, kora, doundoun, congas, saxophone, trumpet, & callabash. N’famady’s performances create amazing atmospheres and vibrations wherever he goes, and audiences are charmed by his infectious enthusiasm and joy.
N’famady released his first EP in July 2021, recorded in the legendary Rockfield Studios, with a full band line up, including guest appearances from Gruff Rhys (Super Furry Animals), Lisa Jên Brown (9Bach), and Kliph Scurlock (The Flaming Lips). The EP features mash-ups of traditional Guinean songs with new Welsh lyrics, modern & traditional instrumentation, played by a ten-piece band. N’famady has a steadily growing fanbase both in the UK and West Africa.
2021 saw the band performing at the Wales Millennium Centre, Llangollen Fringe Festival, and taking Green Man Festival by storm headlining the Chai Wallah stage. For this event he will be peforming with a full band.
“…a kaleidoscope of vibrant sounds and colours, a mesmerizing and joyous introduction to a truly international artist” – Bill Cummings, God is in the TV
“The sound of unfettered joy…that’s utterly utterly wonderful”- Adam Walton BBC Radio Wales on Balafô Douma
Faye Houston is a London-born singer of all things soul, creating beautiful, intimate music with sublime guitarist Mike Shirley.