Preview: Moh! Kouyate @ Rich Mix (London, 19th May 2016)

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There’s a lot going on with Moh! Kouyate. First, his impressive musical history: born in Conakry in Guinea and now based in Paris, the young guitarist has worked with artists Ba Cissoko, Corey Harris and Fatoumata Diawara. Then, whilst remaining engaged with the traditional Mandingo music of West Africa, he lists a significant number of musical influences: Hendrix and George Benson, funk and afrobeat, jazz and blues.

The debut album itself sounds like a mixing pot of all this experience – almost like a ‘best of’ album rather than the single, definitive sound of an artist asserting himself on the world stage for the first time.

But it’s within this mix that the pleasure and potential lies. His live performances are said to be full of youthful energy and charm, easy-going songs and smooth guitar solos.

What will he do next? Nobody can say, but he’ll certainly put on a good show.

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