Lassine Kouyate is the West African Mande roots-meets-American folk rock project of Georgia-based Americana and folk singer/songwriter Adam Klein. The project has opened for Toubab Krewe and The Wailers, and has performed at AthFest, SLINGSHOT Festival, Georgia Theatre, and Steve's Live Music, among other venues.
The band presents songs in the Bambara language with social messaging about Mali, its development, and local poverty issues, along with a number of English songs connected by a common lyrical theme. Klein lived in Mali from 2002- 2004 as a Peace Corps Volunteer and brings a familiarity with Bambara, Mande culture, and Malian music. In 2012 Klein released his first collection of acoustic Mande-influenced songs, Dugu Wolo, on his Cowboy Angel Music label. Dugu Wolo was recorded in Bamako, Mali, and includes traditional Malian instrumentation- ngoni, kora, tama (talking drum), calabash, and njarka (horse hair fiddle)- coloring Klein’s Bambara folk tunes. A making-of-the-record documentary film is in the works, and the trailer can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkJiJR7uz4I
Lassine Kouyate’s all-star ensemble features Steve Abercrombie (Adam Klein & The Wild Fires) on bass; Brian Smith (Georgia Guitar Quartet; Revien) on electric guitar; Jamie DeRevere (efren) on drums; Jim Wilson (T. Hardy Morris; Moths) on djembe/shaker; Lucas McAuliffe (electric guitar) and Drew Hooks (percussion). On occasion the band has been joined by guest percussionist Sunny Ortiz of Widepsread Panic.