Mady Kouyate – Senegal
Kora – African harp
Mady was born in Dakar, Senegal, a descendant of the Kouyate family, a centuries-old line of Dialolu griots and oral historians. Mady began his ancestral training in adolescence and furthered it by studying with the virtuoso artist, Toumani Diabate and at the prestigious L’Institut National des Arts in Bamako, Mali. He has performed throughout West Africa and the United States with groups like Ballet Afrique Noire, the Kouyate Family, the Manding Griot Ensemble and with his own ensemble, The Heat of Africa.