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Djeli Fodé Kouyaté
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Djeli Fodé Kouyaté (not to be confounded with Malian singer and kora player, the late Fodé Kouyaté) is a nephew of Mory Kanté. Son of Mama Kanté and Djelyden Kabinet Kouyaté, he is born a griot.

Le djeli de Kissifaramaya, as he is called, is known for his songs addressing popular issues of Guinean life. More recently, he has been active in the cause of the refugee camps in the South-East of his country, where 100,000s refugees from neighbouring Sierra Leone live under precarious conditions. His conscience awakening lyrics and constant production of albums lead to his nomination of honorary ambassador of Afrique-Aide-Afrique by the Senegalese president Abdoulaye Wade.

In Guinea, he is seen as one of the biggest contemporary singers. Until now, he was hardly known outside of Guinea, but this will change soon. Already, he was one of the showcases of the Nuits d'Afrique Festival in Montréal, Canada in July 2002. In addition, two albums with older songs became available on CD since 2002.

Born: 1964, in Kissifaramaya.
Style: mandingo music.


Title Year Label Remarks
Baraka Dèn 2008 Amacif Productions Cassette
Sorombaya 2004 Syllart Production CD (with different track list than the cassette)
Sorombaya 2004 CDS Productions Cassette
Adame Nyingui 2002 Syllart / CDS Productions KSK 2006 Reissue on CD
Gnalemba 2002 Amacif Productions BGDA 0208 Cassette
First 2000 Syllart SYLAF 96119 CD with songs from Sagesse and Salatou
Adame Nyingui 2000 CDS Productions Cassette
Sagesse 1998 local cassette production
Kouroussaka 1997 CDS Productions DK72 Cassette
Salatou 1995 local cassette production

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