Dudù Kouate & The Africation

Dudù Kouate & The Africation
DUDU' KOUATE ph. cr. Angela Potenza
DUDU' KOUATE ph. cr. Frank Bigotte


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  • country:Senegal
  • region:Central Africa
  • style(s):Ethno, Afro Jazz
  • label:not signed
  • type:Band, Quartet
  • gender:male
  • instrumentation:vocal, percussion, string, singer songwriter, lute
  • artist posted by:Akamu SAS

Line up

  • Alessandra Bossa (piano)
  • Daniela Savoldi (cello)
  • Dudù Kouate (percussion, flute, water pumpkins, ngoni, talking )
  • Eloisa Manera (violin)


Born in a family of griots, the Kouatè, singers in charge of carrying on the traditions and traditional stories of their people, Dudù interprets the role assigned to him by tradition and makes him re-live in a modern and multicultural key: in fact the songs are mostly sung in his mother tongue, Wolof, with some references to Bambarà and phrases in French and Italian, and express an intense charge emotional thanks also to the use of new and original sounds.

In addition to the texts of the individual songs, what is striking about Africation is that it is shaped on one symphony of instruments, a polyphony that creates magical and reminiscent atmospheres: from the Berber lute (xalam) to kanjira, from djembè to traditional African
wind instruments and to the didgeridoo which symbolically they bring the listeners to an unexplored and involving dimension.

Linked to the need to explore culturally distant worlds, the African one and the European one, in this Dudù project avails itself of the
collaboration of three European musicians. The violinist Eloisa Manera, the cello player Daniela Savoldi and the piano player
Alessandra Bossa complete the quartet in order to create a special alchemy between African origins and European classic instruments.
The 4tet takes the listener by the hand and with his look accompanies him on a virtual journey into the African sounds reworked with style
and originality: changing rhythms and harmonies take flight to emotions.

This perspective makes it possible to see, almost ideally, the suburbs of Dakar, natural landscapes, the savannah, the desert, the villages
and the stories of humanity.