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!