Wednesday, January 30, 2013
CD Review: Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate's 'Faya'
Guinea’s Sekou Kouyate and global music aficionado, Joe Driscoll, presents us with an exceptional recording of afro-fusion and afro-pop. The gritty, giddy, and upbeat songs meld traditional instrumentation with contemporary rhythms and melodies that are a perfect match for the soul, funk, reggae, hip-hop, pop, jazz, and dance styles. The nine songs are ripe with kora, guitar, urban beats, and electronic loops. The fast vocals on some of the songs are ideal for fans of hip-hop and rap. Everyone will enjoy the sparkling kora melodies and contemporary beats. Afro-fusion and pop music lovers will find satisfaction in the songs for sure. Faya is a favorite for fans of modern Afro-fusion and inventive world music with a purpose. ~ Matthew Forss