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Amadou Kouyate

Amadou Kouyate


Artist Overview

Amadou Kouyate is the 150th generation of the Kouyate family of Manding Diali (oral historians/musicians of West Africa) and the first generation born of his father’s lineage in America. 

Amadou performs a musical montage on the 21-string Kora and rhythmic presentations on Djembe and Koutiro drums. His repertoire ranges from traditional songs from the 13th century to original contemporary compositions incorporating blues and jazz riffs. 

In addition to his solo work, Amadou Kouyate performs with guest artists as well as with The Kouyate Family, Urban Afrikan, Farafina Kan, Manding Jata and Spank Rock.

His credits include performances at The Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Institution, Bristol Academy and Isle of White (England), Tim Festival (Brazil), Lowell, East-Lansing and Dayton National Folk Festivals, DanceAfrica DC, New York and Chicago, with The National Symphony Orchestra, the production "Soul Possessed," directed by Debbie Allen, at Carnegie Hall with Sweet Honey in The Rock. 

Other performances: the Victoria World Percussion Festival (British Columbia), the Patronio Alvarez Festival (Colombia), the Emancipation Festival (Trinidad and Tobago), "Hera Suite" featuring a collaboration of compositions and arrangements for the University of Maryland and Montgomery College symphonic and djembe orchestras and with African American Dance Ensemble, Images of Cultural Artistry and Mamaya African Jazz.

Amadou received the Maryland Start Arts Council Governor’s Citation and other artistic awards from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Special Talents and Musical Theatre Scholarships at Howard University, and Levine School of Music. 

Amadou has studied in Mali, Senegal, Guinea, and Cote d’Ivoire with master musicians of the Diali tradition including Djimo Kouyate and Toumani Diabate. Amadou Kouyate served as an Adjunct Lecturer in African Music and Ethnomusicology at the University of Maryland and Artist-In-Residence at Montgomery College. 

Amadou is a recipient of the Master/Apprenticeship Award of the Maryland State Arts Council and is currently an artist in residence at Strathmore. Amadou Kouyate is available for concerts/performances, guest residencies, private receptions and education programs.

Complimentary Activities:


Concerts: Solo program 1 hour/$600; 2 hours/$850

Lecture Demonstration Educational Performances/

Master Classes/ Workshops/ Seminars: Solo-$400, 3 artists-$1,500;

Public Schools Fee: solo-$400, single; $550 back to back; 3 artists-$600 single; $850 back to back.

One Week Artistic Residency: $3,000 plus travel and lodging expense; commissioning fee and performance

Two Week Residency: $4,500 plus travel and lodging expense: (2) 45-minute classroom sessions per day/10 days and two performance workshops Fees for these programs are negotiable.


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