Resident Koo Kou’s artist is back to open the evening with the entrancing and charming sound of the harp-like West African Kora.
From the age of 8 Josh Doughty learnt how to play his first piece of music on the Kora, a West African 21-string, harp. Having a natural talent for the Kora Josh was soon noticed by the Master Kora musician, Toumani Diabate and in 2007 Josh was invited to Bamako, the capital of Mali, to study under Toumani in his home. During this time Toumani became Josh’s teacher, mentor and friend. Josh would spend hours playing Kora with Toumani, improving his skills and amercing himself in Mali culture.
Since travelling to Mali Josh has collaborated with a number talented musicians from Africa to the UK. Josh has toured England and France, playing to large audiences at festivals as well as to more intimate audiences.
Having developed his own style of playing that brings together influences of both African culture and his own Welsh heritage Josh has been able to pass on his passion for the Kora and his skills as a musician, teaching to students at SOAS University and runs a regular workshops at Basel Music Academy.
More recently Josh has been working alongside music producer, Mike Trim to complete his first professional solo album.
Josh is able to combine the traditional rhythms of Mali with modern western influences creating self-composed pieces with a totally new and individual style that captivates his audience. His passion for this unique, complex and melodic instrument has helped to bring joy to all who hear him play and has inspired many to follow in his footsteps to becoming a truly dedicated and talented Kora musician.