The Mandingo Ambassadors, led by Guinean guitarist Mamady Kouyate, play Best Video Performance Space on Sunday, May 12. The afternoon show starts at 3 PM and the cover is $10. This show is a benefit for guitarist Mamady Kouyate, who needs to raise funds for an emergency trip to his native country of Guinea in Africa.
This show will feature an expanded version of the group that played Best Video in March. Along with the two guitarists, bassist, drummer, percussionist, and vocalist who played last time, The Mandingo Ambassadors will be joined by their horn section for this show. So if you enjoyed that show—and it was impossible not to—expect an even more powerful rendition of authentic African dance music this time!
An African jazz band with beats to make chairs obsolete and melodies to put your mind at ease! At their Connecticut club debut at Best Video in March, The Mandingo Ambassadors filled the packed house with joy!!
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, Kouyate 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.
The band for this show will be: Mamady Kouyate (lead guitar), Mamady Kourouma (rhythm guitar), Nick Cudahy (bass), Andy Algire (drums), Jocelyn Pleasant (percussion), Seny Tatchol Camara (percussion), Aaron Latham Greenberg (vocals), Eudy Fernandez (trumpet), and Oran Etkin (sax and clarinet).
ABOUT THE BENEFIT: Since he arrived in this country 20 years ago, guitarist Mamady “Djelike” Kouyate has sent every spare cent he has made back to his family in Guinea to help build them a house. Construction had begun, and was progressing well, but a few weeks ago, a hurricane leveled everything. Now his family of over twenty people are crammed into inadequate (even by Guinean standards) temporary lodgings, and the Guinean government is threatening to repossess the plot on which the house is built unless Mamady himself travels to Guinea to personally plead his family’s case. In order to make the government’s deadline, he must leave by May 15th, but he can’t afford the $1800 airline ticket on his own. All the money taken at the door and the donation vase will go to helping Mamady Kouyate afford the round trip plane fare to Guinea.