Hip Hop Without Borders

Amkoullel’s stage name is taken from a novel by one of Mali’s most noted authors, Amadou Hampaté Bâ, in order to pay homage to all African cultures. He was was young when he discovered rap, and in 1993, he organized his first rap concert before expanding his collaborations and creating the group Kouma Guerya, “guerilla of words”. He founded the first Hip Hop school, the Farafina Club, and the Mali Hip Hop Association, AHM, which brings together artists, DJs, graffiti artists, and dancers.

Amkoullel’s new album, NE KA MALI!!, is out now on Wyld Pytch Rekords/51 Lexington Street, and is not only an invitation to discover Africa through the eyes of Amkoullel, but also a call into question the notions of ‘the other’. Rapping and flowing in French and Bambara, Amkoullel touches on vital social issues such as education and African unity. Accompanied by Didier Awadi, one of African Hip-hop’s fathers, and an illustrious compatriot Xuman, Amkoullel presents other regional performers such as The Tata Pound, Lassy King Massassy, Fanga Fing, Master Sumy; RIM and CANDIIE.

To download Amkoullel – Les Soirees A Bamako, click here!



AMKOULLEL is considered by many as the most charismatic and socially committed Malian rapper, attracting all audiences in combining traditional and contemporary global cultures. Not only a rap artist and social and cultural entrepreneur, he is also a TV star, presenting the daily musical reality show Case Sanga on Africable which success is growing all over West Africa.
He also part of the collective and 1st ’koterap’ musical Bama Saba which has a huge impact in Mali right now. And is involved in many other cultural activities in Mali: running the weekly Matinees Yo!Yo!Yo!, doing workshops in schools, participating to poetry and professional conferences etc.

Amkoullel’s exceptional talents and social commitment are also attracting great interest in the US, where the Global Hip Hop and Social Change movement is definitely growing as well as the positive image of urban African artists. Amkoullel is now preparing his first tour to the US starting with Trinity International Hip Hop festival (Hartford CT) and a college tour in the Midwest with workshops, conferences and gigs (April 2011).

Check his beautiful videos on http://vimeo.com/user4537062

More info on on http://www.gigmaven.com/amkoullel, http://www.myspace.com/amkoullel

Amkoullel’s manager


American website Gigmaven.com has picked AMKOULLEL as Artist of the week on its home page !!!!
as we are working on a US college tour for April 2011…


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