John Spillane and Fanta Mbacké Kouyate: Bean Pháidín

Check out John Spillane, with help from Senegalese griot singer Fanta Mbacké Kouyate singing the peppy traditional Irish song Bean Pháidín. Spillane with in Senegal for Magamedia’s music programme Ceolchuairt. Fanta Mbacké Kouyate, from Dakar, Senegal, is a singer of modern songs as well as songs of the traditional West African storytelling tradition, known as griot, or djéli (jeli).

John Spillane is still a gregarious performer, and I love hearing him sing. I have to say that I love this pairing. Fanta Kouyate is as colourful and fabulous as her lovely clothing. If she performed anywhere near, I’d be in line for tickets first day. I encourage you to look up other videos of her. She is a very compelling singer and storyteller.

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