Amadou Kouyate & Nathanial BraddockMar 16, 2017 | 0 comments
The Global Sound Series at at The Mainline at Ashland Coffee & Tea presents world class musicians under the influence of Africa with Amadou Kouyate (solo kora and djembe) and Nathanial Braddock (solo guitar)
Nathaniel Braddock is the leader of the internationally touring Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int’l and Trio Mokili, and was a ten-year faculty member of Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music. Braddock has performed extensively with African artists from Mali, Ghana, Zambia, and Congo, and with many American and Australian indie rock bands. His instrumental solo guitar and mandolin sets feature the crossroads of African roots music and American primitive guitar, with original compositions that extend into modern harmonies and rhythms with the complexity of chamber music. His record of original instrumental solo guitar music, “Quadrille & Collapse”, will be released in April of 2017 on Invertebrata Records. In 2016 Braddock relocated from Sydney, Australia to Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Amadou Kouyate: Born in the Washington, DC, Amadou Kouyate is the 150th generation of the Kouyate lineage and has studied and performed Manding music since the age of three years old. Amadou is a dynamic djembe and koutiro drummer. He also plays the 21-string kora, which he learned first with his father, Djimo Kouyate and other master Diali –oral historians/musicians– of Manding tradition in West Africa. Amadou has dedicated his life to the task of become an ambassador of African culture to the world. The catalyst for such a responsibility is the passion he has for reconnecting those of the African Diasporas to one another. His repertoire ranges from traditional songs from the 13th century to contemporary original compositions incorporating blues and jazz riffs.
Special thanks to our co-sponsors: Plan 9 Records and Global A Go-Go on 97.3 FM WRIR