Discover the Vibrant Melting Pot of Sounds in Moussa Koita’s Album ‘Ayé’


Moussa Koita was raised in a griot household and was exposed to Mandingue music at a young age. He was born in Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso.

Harouna Koita, his mother’s husband, was a vocalist in ceremonies, and both were musicians in the worldwide group “Farafina.”

His uncle and next-door neighbor, Victor Démé, rapidly added to this priceless family history by teaching him how to play the guitar at the age of nine and giving him his first stage experiences as a drummer and backup vocalist.

Later, he performed with the band “Djeliya” and shared the stage with people like Adama Dramé. As a multi-instrumentalist performer who has spent a significant amount of time in France, he has collaborated with bands including Rivière Noire, Sam Mangwana, Abou Diarra, Kady Diarra, Pep’s, and the Guinean Mandingue Circus, to name a few.

He is a gifted lyricist, composer, and arranger, and his latest album, “Ayé,” reflects his cultural and musical versatility by fusing traditional sounds with reggae, rock, blues, and soul.

He occasionally speaks about many facets of his life, touching on issues that are dear to his heart while demonstrating love and tolerance for people who, despite their differences, are like him.

Close your eyes and allow his mesmerizing songs and distinctive voice to carry you away to the stunning red region of Burkina Faso.


Written by
Barbie Edonia


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