Listen to "Alimatou" from our latest release TOUGNA
About the Band:
The Mandingo Ambassadors was founded in New York City by griot-guitarist Mamady Kouyaté in 2005. As a veteran of the great orchestras of the golden age of Guinean dance bands, Mamady is a living library of musical science inherited from his ancestors and from a half century of experience as an arranger, band leader, accompanist and soloist.
Mamady Kouyaté carried this heritage with him to New York where he has collaborated with members of the West African diaspora and Western musicians to continue the great tradition and sound of Guinean Afro-jazz.
"The music of the Mandingo Ambassadors has been structured to make you feel good. It puts dazzling vocal and guitar patterns over a rhythm section that is like a perfect system... It could have gone on forever, and that was a nice thought." The New York Times - Ben Ratliff
"The group is spot on with percussion, balafon, bass, drums, two vocalists, and two guitars. Kouyate's sound is pointed and fierce when soloing at spit-fire velocity and smooth and sweet when accompanying... and when Kouyate goes crazy, the glorious sound and spirit of 1960's Guinea lives again." Guitar Player - Banning Eyre