In the 60s and 70s, following Guinea’s independence from France music loving president Ahmed Sekou Toure fostered the development of a modern sound through the institution of a system of local, regional and national orchestras in which the artists were encouraged to create a modern sound based on traditional music.
Mamady was musically raised in that system. He has re-created and preserved the sound of his culture in New York City with the Mandingo Ambassadors.
The music of the Mandingo Ambassadors is more driving than highlife and more guitar based than the massive horn lines central to Afrobeat. Held steady by the rhythm section and electric guitar accompaniment with stirring vocals by Bebe Camara there is ample space for Mamady and other soloists to stretch out.
The Mandingo Ambassadors’ musical formula works great for tourists, serious African music listeners, and guitar aficionados alike.
Mamady Kouyaté and Mamady Kourouma lay down sweet, fingerpicked guitar grooves while Andy Algire plays his drum kit with steady hi-hats and drum rim hits. Nicholas “Snek” Cudahy’s delicate bass playing steps in and out of the groove while Foluso Mimy’s steady percussion locks everything together. -- Splinters & Candy
Anyone familiar with the New York African music scene will surely have heard the Mandingo Ambassadors display their gracefully artistic sound to the delight of listeners and dancers. For those unfamiliar with the African musical stylings of this virtuosic ensemble, now is the time for your introduction. -- Afrobeat blog
It's a West African sound, tempered by some of the classic Mid-African highlife classics. This is music that moves! A great record to get the party going, even if it's a party in your head. -- Gapplegate Music Review