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ABOUT

Aly Keïta, a virtuoso of the Balafon, was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. From his youngest age, he was introduced to the instrument by his father, himself a Balafon player.
The West African musician gained worldwide recognition for his mastery of the balafon, which he has been playing since childhood, and has now made it to the side of the best: Omar Sosa, Joe Zawinul, Rhoda Scott, Paco Séry, Pharoah Sanders, Paolo Fresu, Hans Lüdemann Trio Ivoire, L. Subramaniam, Trilok Gurtu & Jan Garbarek, to name just a few.
Today, Aly Keïta lives in Berlin and connects musical worlds with the impressive virtuosity. He wanders between spectacular African rhythm, polyphony and jazz elements, and combines them to create a wonderful and unique sound world – two magical hands and a thousand and one strokes.

In 2022 Aly Keïta has won the German Jazz Prize in the category "Special Instruments".
“I want my music to be alive and full of energy, hope and love, music that I can share with the audience and through which the audience and I can share our joy.”

Awards:
2022 German Jazz Prize in the category “Special Instruments” 
2009 World music prize Creole (Germany)

Projects

PROJECTS

Aly Keita performs solo as well as in various projects in Germany, countries of Europe, Africa and other parts of the world.

Currently he is working with these projects:

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ALY KEїTA

TRIO

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TRIO IVOIRE

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KEїTA-BRÖNNIMAN-NIGGLI

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METAMADERA

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ALY KEїTA AND THE MAGIC BALAFON

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ALY KEїTA SOLO

tour
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TOUR

videos

VIDEO

Aly Keïta Trio - Makuku
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Aly Keita @ Jazzahead 2022 Bremen
08:23
“Aly Keita is the one who, better than anyone, has decompartmentalized the balafon, opening it up to other rhythms and making it today, a "classical" instrument, despite a certain requirement of order, shall we say, of African spirituality it requires.” 

Jean-Jacques Dikongue, "A la une" (France)

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PHOTOS