Published on April 10th, 2014 | by Kemi Akilapa

Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate @ Jazz Cafe

Straight after the release of their debut album Faya, Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate are back in Britain for their European tour including a headlining appearance at London’s Jazz Cafe on Friday 25th April.

Expressed in Sousou and English, Faya is a powerful mixture of afrobeat, hip-hop, rock and reggae, rebelling against any genre labels.

Faya is so commanding that even though Kouyate doesn’t speak English and Driscoll doesn’t speak French they transcend into music to create their musical understanding.

Watch them live at glorious Camden’s infamous Jazz Café on April 25th starting at 7:30pm. Tickets cost only £10 and are available here.

Faya currently available to download FREE here.


neon had the opportunity to ask Joe about his new music:

How and where did you meet Sekou?
Organisers from the festival Nuit Metis near Marseilles just thought Sekou and I would make a good combination. They set us up to collaborate on a set there. After a few days improvising and jamming together, I felt we’d really stumbled on a good connection. I decided to stay on in Marseilles to make an album with Sekou, and the rest just rolled on from there.

How do you feel your musical styles compliment each other?
I’ve always been focused on being a rhythm player and Sekou is an amazing soloist, which was the first way we were complimentary. We both were definitely into a broad range of styles; both major fans of hip-hop, reggae, and African melodies and rhythms. We were both drawn to the other’s culture, so the chemistry was instant for us both.

Where are you off to next?
Today, we start off on a UK tour, up north to Liverpool, Manchester, then we come back down to do Bristol and London. After that we are off for a week in Holland, and then the summer is gonna to add a bunch of pages to our passports including France, Germany, USA and Africa. It’s going to be a crazy spring and summer.

Whose music has inspired you recently while recording?
While taking studio breaks during the recording process, we both really enjoyed the collaborative album from Nas and Damian Marley. The track Patience was particularly inspiring to us both. On the road we’ve been listening to my mate Nick Mulveys new stuff, and Donny Hathaways Live album has been a big inspiration to everyone in the band.

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Kemi Akilapa is an aspiring bridal designer. She studied clothing design and business and has travelled through Europe and Asia. She likes fashion in all its forms, music, art, theatre and discovering new adventures in London.

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