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N'Faly Kouyate is a Guinean musician. He is a member of the Mandinka ethnic group of West Africa. His father was the griot Konkoba Kabinet Kouyate, who lived in Siguiri, Guinea.[1]

N'Faly Kouyate
Kouyate playing the kora with the Afro Celt Sound System, August 2007
Background information
OriginSiguiri, Guinea
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, kora, balafon
Years active1994–present
Associated actsAfro Celt Sound System

In 1994 Kouyate moved to Belgium and formed the ensemble Dunyakan (The Voice of the World), featuring Michael A. Martone. In 1997, he was invited to join the Afro Celt Sound System providing vocals, playing the kora, and balafon,[2] collaborating with the others in the band to compose songs that blended music from Ireland with that of West African countries including his native Guinea.

N'Faly Kouyaté is now working on his next album. Kouyaté,


  1. ^ "N'Faly Kouyate". African Musicians Profiles. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  2. ^ Greenberg, Adam. "Review: Kora Grooves from West Africa". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 June 2010.

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