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D.C. musician brings old, new sounds to Ewell Hall

D.C. musician brings old, new sounds to Ewell Hall

The latest offering in the College of William and Mary’s Ewell Concert Series combines hundreds of years of West African tradition with contemporary American influences into a musical melting pot. Amadou Kouyate, a Washington, D.C., native versed in multiple instruments, performs inside the college’s Ewell Hall Thursday.

He is part of the 150th generation of his family, steeped in the Manding Diali tradition that emphasized music and oral storytelling.

“He’s grown up in the tradition,” said Akua Kouyate, the musician’s mother and booking agent. “Because of that, his experiences in that tradition are really steeped. However, he’s also a really contemporary person living in...