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An example of how opposites attract, Faya features the U.S.-born/England-based Driscoll and the Guinea–born Kouyate. Although one spoke French and the other English, the two came together at a festival in 2010 and quickly realized they were kindred spirits who shared a love of hip-hop and reggae. Driscoll acquits himself well throughout with his spitfire raps, soulful singing, and rhythmic acoustic guitar. But the revelation is Kouyate, who not only sings in French and his native Susu but also plays kora (a nylon-string African harp) through an arsenal of effects with such innovation that he’s drawn comparisons to Jimi Hendrix (“Tanama”). On an album filled with socially conscious themes, the two skillfully weave together ideas that are detailed but broad. “Passport,” for example, speaks of both the fragmentation of the African continent and the chilly reception African visitors often receive in the U.S. Elsewhere the music moves from gritty African rock (“Zion” and the standout “Faya”) to reggae (the “Faya” remix, “Birnakely”) to hip-hop (“Wonamati” and “New York”).

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New But Ol School Flavor

At first I wasn't sure -- haven't heard of neither of these guys (which of course, is irrelevant bc if u love music, "unknown" is welcome). That said, it has a real good vibe to it, perfect 4 an outdoor party.

No regrets on this purchase..

Love this entire album. Went to college in Syracuse NY and frequently saw Joe, the energetic, talented one man band. Couldn't be more thrilled to hear him collaborate with another talented artist, Sekou Kouyate. Now their sound is complete, like 2 speakers & a beat!

Awesome Live Show

Just saw Joe and Sekou at Blissfest in Northern Michigan last weekend. They rocked it out! The sounds Sekou gets from that Kora is unbelievable. They played much from this new release. Very cool sound. World class musicians.

Faya, Joe Driscoll
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: Feb 18, 2014

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