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New York City, New York

Talking drum ("tama") master Baye Kouyate from Mali returns to NY for his first performance this year in NYC at Nublu on the Lower East Side.

Kouyate's performances are a journey through a world of highly complex polyrhythms fusing traditional sounds of Mali with influences such as jazz, reggae, and latin grooves, all delivered by a high spirited crew of musicians.

Before moving to the US, Baye spent five years in Paris playing alongside French-Ivorian innovator Toma Sidibe. Baye shared the stage with well known artists such as Cheick Tidiane Seck, Mamadou Diabate, Vieux Farka Toure, The Brazilian Girls and Kenny Wolleson.

Baye Kouyaté is a wise soul: Blessed with a culturally diverse perspective, bubbling over with natural enthusiasm and creative energies that strongly suggest he's been this way before; someone deeply in touch with the spiritual essences.

"Baye's performances are highly energized explosions of lightning-fast talking drum solos backed by an upbeat dance band." - Afropop.org

Official Website: http://www.myspace.com/bayekouyate

Added by djpepe on April 8, 2009

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