Audio

Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate Fuse Griot & Hip-Hop Traditions On 'Faya'

The debut album from Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate fuses griot and hip-hop traditions together seamlessly. 'Faya' is out now via Cumbancha.


Given that Guinean Sekou Kouyate speaks little English, and American Joe Driscoll understands almost no French, it's true, that on paper, their collaboration seemed like an unlikely pairing. In fusing Griot and hip-hop traditions together though, their debut album Faya seamlessly brings together Driscoll and Kouyate's respective influences. Bouncing between English, French and Susu, the duo create a soundclash of their own melding over hip-hop, funk and reggae rhythms. With a quick listen to the title track, it's easy to let go of any notions of unlikelihood as the song slides between the pair's distinctive musical styles. On standout "Ghetto Many," the folk influence in Driscoll's rap takes to the forefront, in what seems like a natural pairing with Kouyate's spiraling kora. With so many genres weaved together on their debut, it's hard to imagine what the future holds for Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate, though it's unlikely their next project will disappoint. Stream Faya in full below, out now via Cumbancha.

Interview

Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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