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Win Tix To Kora-Rap Outfit Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate Live In NYC!

Enter to win a pair of tickets to catch kora-rap outfit Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate live at SOBs in NYC, Monday, July 7th.


Kora-rap outfit Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate hit our radar earlier this year with their debut full length Faya, a record that fused New York-born beatboxer/songwriter Driscoll and Guinean Kouyate's respective hip-hop and griot traditions. The duo are set to kick off their first North American tour this month, and we're giving away a pair of tickets to see them live in NYC at SOB's on Monday, July 7th.

To enter to win, all you'll need to do is share this photo on facebook. We'll select and notify a winner this Friday, July 4th.

Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate North American Tour Dates:

July 7 - New York, NY, SOBs

July 9 - Quebec City, QC, Le Festival d'eté Québec

July 10 - Montreal, QC, Nuits D'Afrique - Club Ballatou

July 11 - Boston, MA, French Cultural Center

July 12 - Chicago, IL, Square Roots Festival

July 13 - Harbor Springs, MI, Blissfest

July 19 - Trumansburg, NY, GrassRoots Festival

August 15 - Los Angeles, CA, Grand Performances

August 16 - Toronto, ON Hot & Spicy Food Festival @ Harbourfront

August 22 - Syracuse, NY, The Westcott Theater

August 23 - New Haven, VT, Tourterelle

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