Performance & Gigs

Inspired by authentic griot West African traditions

We offer a range of captivating performances – solo sets, traditional African ensembles, festival/full band ensembles – using both local, national, & international professional performers. Performances are led and curated by N’famady Kouyaté (our Artistic Director) who represented Wales at WOMEX 2020 as part of the UK Horizons programme, has been selected as an INES#talent artist for 2021-23, and was chosen by Focus Wales’ Out of Focus event as a showcase artist for 2020.  For our professional artistic output we have assembled various collectives of professional musicians under the banner of The Successors of the Mandingue for a range of creative musical works.

Highlights include:

  • Gŵyl 2021

  • An innovative and ground-breaking Afro-Welsh fusion collaboration with Gruff Rhys on the Senedd steps as part of a Butetown Carnival/BACA/Wales Millennium Centre event in September 2020.

  • Providing solo support for Gruff Rhys’ Pang! album tour – autumn/winter 2019-20

  • Securing internationally renowned Fatoumata Kouyaté Djeliguinet to headline Butetown Carnival, August 2019

  • Assembling a traditional West African ensemble from artists around the UK to perform at the launch of Black History Month in St Fagans Museum, September 2019


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