DUDU ’KOUATE BIOGRAPHY
He was born in Senegal in 1963 into a family of griots, known for being the conservatives of the African cultural and musical tradition. After his humanities studies in his country, he left for Europe. He lives in Bergamo where he has been teaching African percussion for many years. Since 2017 he has collaborated on a permanent basis with the Chicago Art Ensemble of Roscoe Mitchell and Don Moye He holds seminars on the history of traditional African instruments trying to trace the territorial boundaries of the populations and spreading the African cultural tradition through tales of fairy tales set to music. Multi-instrumental musician, he plays in various musical formations and beyond. He plays Afro-jazz, modern, traditional and contemporary music. The constant search for sound (sound of elements) always pushes him towards new and very interesting experiences in the world of music.
A recognized valuer of traditional instruments and especially percussion, he has managed to find their insertion within diversified musical contexts. In 2018 the album "Africation" was released in which Dudù interprets the role assigned to him by tradition and makes it re-live in a modern and multicultural key: in fact the songs are mainly sung in his mother tongue, Wolof, with some references to Bambarà and phrases in French and Italian, and express an intense emotional charge thanks to the use of new and original sounds
BIOGRAPHY SIMONE MOR
Flamenco guitarist and multi-instrumentalist, graduated in classical guitar at the “L.Marenzio” Conservatory of Brescia and with a background in World music, Jazz and Rock. After his studies he lived in Spain, Indonesia, Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa developing a very personal approach to music and life. Around the world he has collaborated with: Kyrgyzstan International TV, Israel Channel 12, I Made Arnawa and I Putu Gede Sukaryana (Bali), Juan Murube, Daniel Casares, Rafael Rodríguez "El Cabeza" (Spain), Hossam Ramzy ( Egypt), Asha Sapera (Rajasthan), and many other great souls. He is currently training as a music therapist at the Benenzon Italia center, dedicating himself to Flamenco, Middle Eastern and Central Asian music, playing the many instruments built by his father, as well as working as a composer and developer with the Fluffy Audio company. Simone plans to record a solo album, learn an eighth language and write a book; when all this happens you will surely know.