Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate's Forthcoming 'Faya' Debut

Watch singer Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate's video for 'Faya,' the first track from their upcoming afro-blues hip hop infused album.

New York/England-based rapper/beatboxer/singer-songwriter Joe Driscoll and Guinea's Kora extraordinaire Sekou Kouyate have been making music together ever since they met way back in 2010 at the Nuit Metis festival in Marseille. Since then the duo have taken their fresh afro-blues infused hip-hop folk to audiences worldwide– and, word is out that they'll be joining the likes of Jupiter & Okwess International and The Nile Project at Zanzibar's Sautiza Busara Festival.

The duo's full-length debut Faya is set to drop February 18th. The video for the album's first taste features a hooded Driscoll and a candle-lit Kouyate spreading their moody atmospheric vibes across Bristol city. Kouyate's spellbinding kora provides a perfectly unexpected melodic undertone to Driscoll's dexterous flow. Watch the video and grab a download of "Faya" below. Look out for Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate's debut February 18th via Cumbancha Discovery.


7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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