Prodigal son of a big line of Griots of the Mandingue, younger brother to Sekou Kouyate, Kandia Kora, immortalizes while modernizing the ancestral art of his family, transforming the music to Afro Pop. Drawing from the wealth of the traditional directory, his compositions synthesize and merge all the styles of western Africa with the influences of the musics of the world, pop, reggae as well as Afro-American styles. This musical wealth finds an echo in its polyglot texts where dialects of Africa mixed with English and French. Guided by soft melodies, words of various origins are freely linked, forming a poetic and harmonious set. Texts and note are finally crossed and unified. Kandia's voice in the surprising maturity and the stunning virtuosity of his Kora playing, take us on acoustics rhythms where the trance invites in the dance.
In January 2018 Kandia Kora won the Award of best Male Artist of Guinee. This tells a lot, cause Guinea is so rich in music, and the stars are many; but the last couple of years Kandia has grown to be his countries super star. Children sing his songs in the schools, the military bows when they see, him and the President invites him to sing when having important events. He just went on the stage with Sidiki Diabate, whith whom he did several Afro Pop hits. Loved by his people, 60.000 audiences at Conakrys biggest stadium sang all of Kandias songs, one after another.
His international carreer started as early as 1998, when he wrote the beautiful songs for the word famous animation movie, Kirikou et la Sorcière.
Since 2010 he has been musical member of Tiken Jah and in 2015 Kandia Kora toured a year with Salif Keita's Accoustic Set. In 2016 he was nominated for The Afrima Awards, The Kora Awards and won the RFI Awards. In 2017 he performed for a huge, thrilled audience at the main stage at Nuit D'Afrique in Montreal, Canada, showing that his fanbase starts building outside West Africa.
In 2014 during the dangerous epidemic, Kandia Kora wrote the song 'Africa Stop Ebola' and invited Tiken Jah Fakoly, Amadou & Mariam, Salif Keita, Mory Kanté, Oumou Sangare and more to sing and his brother Sekou Kouyate to play electric Kora, guitar and bass on the catchy song. With almost a million Youtube views, all profits went to the hard work of Doctors without Borders to combat the spread of the mortal epidemic.