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Seyni Kouyate on Yankadi Reggae

Roots and Culture has an interview with Seyni Kouyate (Fr), a Yakandi reggae musician from a griot family in Guinea-Conakry.  Kouyate says Yakandi reggae is not a Western-African fusion; it's a fundamentally African music form.  “It's the meeting of traditional African rhythms, specifically from West Africa, with Jamaican skunk…the beating of the heart [Jamaican skunk] took from nyahbinghi is the influence of the homeland on Jamaicans, which they call the promised land in Africa.  And nyahbinghi's origin is in Yankadi which is really West Africa.”

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