Kouate Dudù
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:Solo
  • gender:male
  • instrumentation:vocal, percussion, string, singer songwriter, lute
  • artist posted by:Akamu SAS

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  • Dudù Kouate (percussion, flute, water pumpkins, ngoni, talking )


Born in Senegal in 1963 by a family of griots, known for being the conservators of the African cultural and musical tradition. After his humanistic studies in his country he left for Europe. He lives in Bergamo (Italy) where he has been teaching African percussions for many years. He holds seminars on the history of traditional African instruments trying to trace the territorial boundaries of the populations and disseminating the African cultural tradition through tales of musical fairy tales.

From 2017 he collaborates on a permanent basis with the Art Ensemble of Chicago. With Art Ensemble of Chicago he did the European Tour in Autumn 2018, recording with them the double CD “We Are On The Edge” (PI Recordings) released last year and he participated with them also to the recent 50th Anniversary World Tour in 2019 and 2020

Multi-instrumentalist musician, plays in different musical groups and not only. He plays Afro-jazz, modern, traditional and contemporary music. The constant search for sound (sound of elements), always pushes him towards new and interesting experiences in the world of music. Recognized validator of traditional instruments and especially percussion, he managed to find their insertion within diversified musical contexts.
He played at the at the 41st Assilah International Cultural Moussem (Morocco) and at the Atlantic Music Expo 2019 held in Capo Verde last spring.

In 2018 he released the album "Africation" in which Dudù plays the role assigned to him by tradition and makes him re-live in a modern and multicultural way: the songs are mainly sung in his mother tongue, Wolof, with some reference to Bambarà phrases in French and Italian, and express an intense emotional charge also thanks to the use of new and original sounds. Since last year he collaborates with Musicamorfosi