Moussa Kouyate – Lunchtime Live at St Stephens Church, St Stephens St, Bristol.
Providing a welcome sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of daily 21st century life, St Stephens continues with it’s “lunchtime live” series of concerts to foster a re-connection with spirit. And getting there early to visit the friendly cafe also helps me re-connect with my appetite!
Moussa Kouyate’s fingers nimbly danced over the strings of his kora. Such intricate playing temporarily transferring me to a more tranquil zone, guided by the languid mahogany tones of his voice.
A traditional Griot from the Mandinka people of Senegal, Moussa blends the the rhythms of West Africa and experiences in the UK to form a cultural “bridge” that supercedes difference and promotes unity. There was a good number of people in the audience of all ages and backgrounds, perhaps showing that music is indeed a connection that is shared by all of our souls.