The Fyrefly

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The intimate atmosphere between artists and music lovers paired with great food create an unrivalled dining and entertainment experience.

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Aboubacar Djelike Kouyate

Aboubacar Djelike Kouyate

Aboubacar Djelike Kouyate

will charm you with his incredible musicianship, warm stage presence and ability to

transfix you through his heart-felt vocals.

Hailing from Mali and now residing in France, Aboubacar’s music fuses traditional

African sounds and instruments with modern day twist on the ancient rhythms and

patterns born from Jeli tradition.

He brings an exuberant and contemporary interpretation to the traditional 'griot' art

form, combining his masterful command of voice, instrument, rhythm, conscious

lyrics and fellow musicians into compelling performance that will intoxicate you and

get your feet moving.

Aboubacar has assembled an incredible Melbourne band including Ziggy

Zeitgeist(30/70) on drums, Liam Powell on bass, Kofi Kunkpe on djembe, Martin

Case on Sax and John Oh on guitar.


Aboubacar Djéliké Kouyate originated from Mali and was born into the long line of

Kouyate griots, which emerged during the Mali Empire of the 14th century.

Now residing in France, Aboubacar’s music fuses traditional African sounds and

instruments with modern day twist on the ancient rhythms and patterns born from Jeli

tradition. He brings an exuberant and contemporary interpretation to the traditional

'griot' art form, combining his masterful command of voice, instrument, rhythm,

conscious lyrics and fellow musicians into compelling performance that will intoxicate

you and get your feet moving.

Aboubacar was born in the riverside village of Djoliba during the 1970s and from the

age of seven, under the eye of his father Adama Kouyate (Super Rail Band

Bamako), began formal training in the inherited oral and instrumental traditions that

have been passed down through the centuries.

At the age of fifteen, Aboubacar left Mali and continued his training for more than a

decade, with mentor Moussa Sylla’s troupe Allah Tantoo in Guinea, and as a

member of the Mamady Cissoko Ballet in Senegal. When he moved to the Gambia,

Aboubacar created his first group The Cultural Sundiata Bandand eventually arrived

in Lille, France at the age of 28. This era opened up opportunities for many new

collaborations, in particular with musician Simon Demouveaux (Hassan Bossou

Gnawa Racines) to form the band Badala Foly, which Aboubacar continues to lead.

Over the past 13 years Aboubacar has sustained an active career as a professional

musician in France and neighbouring countries, leading two bands as singer,

composer and multi-instrumentalist, as a contributor to many other musical

collaborations and as a teacher of African percussion, story and culture in the

broader community.

Today, Aboubacar’s performances represent a lifetime of dedication and passion for

the tradition he has inherited.

Website: https://aboubacarkouyate.com/home

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aboubacardjelike.kouyate.56

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/aboubacardjelike/



Doors open/ Dinner: 7:30 PM
The show starts: 8:30 PM

Earlier Event: February 2
CAM GILES
Later Event: February 9
CLAYMORE

The fyrefly
34 Inkerman St, St Kilda