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Aly Keita

Tuur Florizoone


Balafon player Aly Keita was born in Abidjan (Ivory Coast) in 1969. Already at a young age his father taught him how to master the balafon (a precursor of the xylophone and marimba).

Not only does he make the instrument technically his own, he also learns how to make his own balafon and personalize it by combining it with various types of gourds. In the world of African music, he is considered an absolute master of and virtuoso on the instrument. In jazz land too he has made a name for himself, having co-operated with the likes of German pianist Hans Lüdemann, French bass player Sébastien Boisseau, ...

In Belgium he has participated in projects with Pierre Vaiana and Tuur Florizoone. He can be heard with the latter on our label, within the MixTuur project.