Moh! Kouyate grew up immersed in the dynastic griot traditions of his family. As a young man he soaked up the sounds of the masters of Guinean music such as Bembaya Jazz leader Sekou “Diamond Fingers” Kouyaté and Salif Keita's guitarist Ousmane Kouyaté. He was garnering a reputation as an up-and-coming guitarist when he heard a George Benson album, which set him off on a journey of discovery of guitar greats like Django Reinhardt, BB King and Jimi Hendrix; influences he incorporated in his own band, Conakry Cocktail. In 2007, frustrated by lack of opportunity, he moved to Paris, formed a quartet and began composing his first album, Loundo, a rich blend of his influences, where West Africa meets the Mississippi Delta, Afro-beat meets funky jazz and Moh! meets an international audience.