LIVE REVIEW: Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate @ Hoochie Coochie, Newcastle (9.10.15) | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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It would have been difficult for any act to compete with the double sporting distraction of the Rugby World Cup and the football, so the healthy crowd at the church of funk and soul was testament to the draw of this unlikely pair. The bilingual gig was high energy from start to finish and I can see why Joe sports his trademark basketball vest…

It’s hard to pin Joe Driscoll and Sekou Kouyate down to a genre. There are moments when Joe raps, when Sekou sings what sounds like traditional Guinean songs, when Joe funks out on an electric guitar, when Sekou strums and plucks his Kora at great speed, when Joe chills on an acoustic and when Sekou launches into something that can only be described as a full metal racket, with distortion pedals and reverb used to devastating effect.

James Breen played the drums masterfully, and John Railton did exactly as a good bassist should do. The limelight was definitely cast on the front of the stage, but the backline were the foundation. They played a selection of songs from their upcoming second album, but dropped my two personal favourites from their first album Faya in there too, including the magnifique Passport. Il était merveilleux.

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