Andra Kouyaté & Magic Foli



C’est avec joie qu’Andra Kouyaté vient aujourd’hui présenter sa nouvelle formation au charisme et au talent incontestables. Ce groupe au souffle funk&groove conserve sa touche africaine à travers des rythmes complexes, une modernité urbaine et tout l’esprit et l’énergie chaleureuse de la tradition Mandingue.

Compositeur, auteur, arrangeur et interprète. Andra Kouyaté invente et adapte des instruments traditionnels, sur des inspirations jazz, blues, reggae et funk. Sa maîtrise exemplaire de l’instrument et sa sensibilité artistique exceptionnelle l’ont amené très vite à se faire un nom avec les plus grands artistes de la scène world. De toutes ces rencontres et de ces innombrables voyages, Andra n’a jamais cessé de nourrir son jeu sur les plus grandes scènes et festivals internationaux.

Par sa créativité impressionnante Andra Kouyaté nous montre comment des instruments traditionnels peuvent être utilisés sans aucune limitation dans des styles musicaux très différents. Son approche de la musique, sa sensibilité, son charisme et sa force sur scène font de lui un vrai multi-instrumentaliste virtuose.


Andra fait partie d’une grande famille de griots au Mali. En 1997, il se joint à deux groupes, l’un de Fantani Touré, avec qui il à enregistré l’album ‘N’TIN NAARI’ et avec Rokia Traoré avec qui il participe sur les trois albums ‘MOUNEÏSSA’, ‘WANITA’ et ‘BOWMBOI’. Il tourne avec Rokia Traoré durant huit ans. Pendant la même période Andra Kouyaté joue aussi régulièrement avec Toumani Diabaté et Ali Farka Touré. En 2005 Andra crée le groupe ‘Ngoni Ba‘ avec son frère Bassekou Kouyaté. Ils enregistrent l’album ‘SEGU BLUE’ et ils entament des tournées triomphales à travers le Monde. Andra participe sur l’album ‘AFRIKI’ d’Habib Koité et l’album ‘RED EARTH’ de Dee Dee Bridgewater. Christophe Minck l’appelle pour l’album ‘KIRIKOU ET KARABA’ dirigé par Michel Ocelot. Andra contribue aux albums : ‘SEYA’ d’Oumou Sangaré, ‘ALU MAYÉ’ de Leni Stern, ‘AFRICAN REVOLUTION’ de Tiken Jah Fakoly et ‘CINÉMA EL MUNDO’ de Lo’Jo. En 2007 Andra Kouyaté, Andreas Fulgosi et Baba Konaté forment un groupe appelé Raaga Trio qui est une rencontre passionnante entre la musique traditionnelle de l’Afrique occidentale et le jazz. En 2012 Andra sort son premier album ‘SARO’ au Mali avec une pléthore de grands artistes de la région, dont Amadou & Mariam, Mah Bara Soumano, Bassekou Kouyaté. En 2013, il enregistre un CD avec le duo Deltas. Actuellement, Andra tourne avec Tiken Jah Fakoly , Deltas.

Crédit : Frederic Villemi

En octobre  la sortie de son mini- album

Line up : Andra Kouyaté Ngoni & lead vocal - Koto Brawa drums – Seydou Millimono bass – Guitar Daoud Dembele- Nana Kouyaté backing vocal.

© photo Frédéric Vuillemin




“I was born with music, and my life is music”

“This is what we do in my family, If I don’t make music, I am nothing.”

 “I am always searching and listening and trying to understand more music. If I only played traditional music in the same way, it would simply be too limiting for me. I want to expand. It’s what I was meant to do.”

His new project is called  Andra Kouyaté & le  Magic Fɔli 


Andra Kouyaté comes today present his new formation in the charisma and in the talent indisputable. This group in the breath funk*groove keeps  its African touch through complex rhythms and all the spirit and warm energy of the tradition Mandingue.

Andra Kouyaté has invented, designed and built a new instrument: 
the bass n’goni, sort of an African contrabass. This invention has permitted him to develop a new way of playing, quite different from the more usual traditional n’goni. He is gifted with exceptional playing skills on both musical and rhythmical level. Tapping deep into traditional manding sources he is a complete master on the n’goni, bass n’goni and the tama. Equally striking is Andra’s unusual dark warm voice that reflects the different moods of his songs and occasionally serves as an additional instrument. Through his impressive creativity Andra Kouyaté shows us how traditional instruments can be used without any limitations in very different musical styles ranging from the old music from his ancestors to experimental jazz sounds. 
His approach to music, his sensitivity and charism and also his power and playing technique make him a real virtuoso multi-instrumentalist.


In 1997 Andra becomes a musician in two groups, one is the band of Fantani Touré, with whom he records the album « N’TIN NAARI » and subsequently goes on tour. The other one is Rokia Traoré’s band, he participates on her first three albums « MOUNEÏSSA », « WANITA » and « BOWMBOI » and tours the planet with her internationally for eight years. During the same period Andra Kouyaté also plays regularly with Toumani Diabaté and Ali Farka Touré.

In 2005 Andra Kouyaté  create « NGONI BA » with his brother Bassekou Kouyaté. Together they record the award winning album « SEGU BLUE » and go on a hugely successful tour through Europe. In 2007, still on tour with Bassekou Kouyaté, he participates on Habib Koité’s album « AFRIKI » and also on the album « RED EARTH » released by Dee Dee Bridgewater. 
Christophe Minck makes a succesful appeal on him for the album « KIRIKOU ET KARABA » under the direction of Michel Ocelot. In 2007 Andra Kouyaté, Andreas Fulgosi and Baba Konaté formed a new group called RaagaTrio, which is an exciting meeting between traditional West African music and jazz.  They play at festivals en venues in Europe, Africa and the US. RaagaTrio releases its first album « The Other Edge » on the label Another Shape Records

In 2009 other contributions are made by Andra to the Oumou Sangaré album « SEYA », the Leni Stern album « ALU MAYE » and the Tiken Jah Fakoly album « African Revolution » in 2010 and the Lo’Jo album « Cinéma El Mundo » in 2012.

In 2012 he released his first  album « Saro » with his malian group called Secke chi. He’s currently playing with Tiken Jah Fakoly and the group Deltas

“Music is something that has no borders. Music is something that speaks all languages. It has no limits and crosses all cultures,” . “It’s all the blues, all jazz. It can be Malian, Ethiopian, anything. Everyone can understand it and play together »


Saro - Andra Kouyaté


Traditional Inventiveness: Andra Kouyaté and Sèkè Chi Reveal the Innovative Spirit and Polyglot Funk in Mali’s Deepest Roots. In some musically vibrant corners of the world, innovation is the tradition. Inventing a new version of the ngoni—the precursor to the banjo that can render lightning-fast melodies in skilled hands—Andra took a fresh approach to the traditional instrument, adding the bass sounds he missed to the mix by carefully modifying the n’goni until it achieved a deeper, richer resonance and found the new expressive quality he craved. A relentless rehearser, arranger, and stickler for detail, he thoughtfully incorporates subtle reggae vibes (“Saro,“ “Yereko”) or funk flourishes (“Aye Anflé”) to his deep roots. On his first major international release, Andra and his youthful ensemble Sèkè Chi bring a wide-ranging, aesthetically linked set of songs on Saro (Studio Mali; July 31, 2012). Saro features contributions by Amadou and Mariam; by  local star Mah Bara Soumano; by older brother Bassekou Kouyaté; by respected Malian singer Ami Sacko; by Harouna Samake the kamele n’goni player for Salif Keita; and by balafon whiz Lassana Diabaté of the Grammy-winning project AfroCubism. The album reveals Andra’s stunning ability to embrace not only all the musical possibilities of Mali’s many traditions, but also a relentless drive to create and re-imagine the music he loves. 


The Rough Guide to the music of Mali

So it is in Mali, where the sounds of the Saharan north have mingled with an array of West African traditions in the south. Musicians like Andra Kouyaté show how his homeland’s deep and diverse roots are a constant source of innovative inspiration.



Deltas invites you on board to share a moment of serenity. Accompanied by Andra Kouyaté (n’goni, n’gont bass) the trio re-invent a new harmony to obtain different colours.


Segu Blue cover

Segu Blue

features guest musicians Kasse Mady Diabate, Lobi Traore, Lassana Diabate (incidentally, there is no Kora and no djembe on this album) and singers Zoumana Tereta and Bassekou’s wife, Ami Sacko. The album was produced by Lucy Durán, recorded at studio Bogolan in Bamako by Yves Wernert and mixed in London by Jerry Boys (the man responsible for recording and mixing ‘Buena Vista Social Club’ amongst others).



African Revolution

The magic tones of ngoni, kora, soukou (violin with one string) and balafon were familiar to us, butTiken knew how to capture their soul. Five years of exile in Bamako enabled him to penetrate into the talented generation of the Griot sons, such as the player of ngoni Andra Kouyaté, who is growing very successful over there.





Seya (Joy) is the first album in six years from ‘Mali’s Star of Stars’ and it reaffirms her position as one of Africa’s great female vocalists and an African phenomenon.The album was recorded in Bamako, and co-produced by Nick Gold, Oumou Sangare and Cheick Tidiane Seck. Musicians on the album include fellow World Circuit artist and kora virtuoso Toumani Diabaté, the great guitarist Djelimady Tounkara, afrobeat legend Tony Allen, Living Colour drummer Will Calhoun and Magic Malik on flute. Oumou Sangare is the most popular female singer in Mali and alongside Salif Keita she is arguably the country’s most famous musician.


raaga Trio

The Other Edge

The Raaga Trio plays a subtle fusion of jazz and traditional West-African music. Made up of four members from different backgrounds, the trio’s music pulls you into deep currents of Mandingue feeling, experimental and Jazzy sounds and sweeps you away with the magnificent n’goni and bass n’goni of Andra Kouyaté, the excellent rhythms of the percussionist Baba Konaté, the harmonious, electric tones of Andreas Fulgosi’s superb guitar work and the powerful dubs on harmonica by Guillaume Lagger. This music is an invitation to embark on a journey through sound, and a chance to experience its positivism, its humanity and its generosity. Listen without mo deration….Raaga Trio’s first album has just been recorded by Renaud Millet-Lacombe at Hush Sound Studio in Switzerland.




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