Monday, February 24, 2014
Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate Unite For Faya
A true transcontinental musical collaboration Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate are a songwriting team that are as diverse and talented as the world is wide. Mixing American hip hop and Guinean Kora the artists bend genres, defy boundaries, and together create a unique musical language that's the very definition of open minded. Faya is a fantastic example of two minds coming together and being in total musical synchronicity.
Faya is percussive and minimal with both current and traditional approaches to production. The record sounds as American as much as it does African and as old as it does new. It wouldn't shouldn't work simply from a geographical standpoint, but it does. The clashes of cultures, sounds, and music mesh well together and the album as result sounds fantastic. From reggae, hip hop, percussion, traditional Guinean music it's all here and living together in perfect harmony.
Faya proves that music can bring society and cultures together. Joe & Sekou are amazing musicians and their ability to create something so evenly rooted in each others influence is simply awesome. Faya is a fantastic example of how hip hop, Afrobeat, and just about everything else can work together in symbiosis if given half the chance.