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Biography

Lamine Kouyate is a player from Senegal. Born in the Southern Senegal region of the Casamance he regularly comes to the Senegalese capital Dakar to play his music.

Lamine Kouyate has toured in Ireland in 2005 and in Cape Verde in 2008 and has released the following music:

Mandin Kora Session (EP) 2009

The song 'Fayaale' with rapper Rifo

Jace Clayton wrote about this song in her review:

' One of the most beautiful songs on Many Lessons is Rifo and Lamine Kouyaté's Deadfathers/Fayaal. An unobtrusive drum machine interweaves with acoustic percussion while Kouyaté's plucked kora provides high-end sparkle. The song alternates between English rapping and Wolof singing. Rifo's English rap sections contain a sped-up female vocal sample. Set low in the mix, the sample gives the verses some extra sonic flesh. When Kouyaté starts singing his full-bodied chorus in Wolof, it's a stunning moment: the sample keeps going, but now, instead of serving as background for a rap, it forms a delicate harmonic counterpart to the lead melody. Traditions overlap and blur, different cultural speeds reconcile. The lyrics inhabit the common ground between griot and Islam: issues of tradition, lineage and filial respect saturate a pop song that could hold its own on commercial radio anywhere in the world.'

A new full album from Lamine is expected to be released in 2011.

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