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Morikeba Kouyaté

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Morikeba Kouyaté was born and raised into a family of Griots or Jalis in Bounkiling, Senegal. He began his training at the age of eight and was performing professionally by the age of fourteen. He became successful and well-known for his expert storytelling and Kora playing. As a result of his success, Morikeba was given the opportunity to have his own radio program in Dakar, Senegal. His show was aired throughout Senegal and several other African countries. He also made numerous appearances on Senegalese television. Morikeba Kouyaté has played before African royalty and the Presidents of several countries, including Senegal and Gambia.

Morikeba Kouyaté is known throughout West Africa for his electrifying performances and virtuosity with the traditional Kora. The Kora is a 21- string instrument from the West African countries of Gambia, Senegal, and Mali. It is an ancient instrument that is part of Africa’s rich spiritual music tradition.

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