Malick Koly

Malick Koly is a rapidly up-and-coming young drummer and member of The Wallace Roney Quintet. Now based in New York City, he spent his early childhood traveling and studying music all around the globe alongside his parents, the famed Malian singer-songwriter-dancer and actress Awa Sangho, known as ‘The Golden Voice of Mali’ and renown Franco-Guinean musical impresario, director and playwright Souleymane Koly. He is progressively making his mark as a sideman in the bands of Wallace Roney, Charles Tolliver, Charnett Moffett, Curtis Lundy, Bill Saxton, Marc Cary, and Brooklyn Raga Massive, Mwenso & The Shakes to name a few. Malick is a prolific composer and formed his own band “Malick Koly and Kounadya” in 2016. Malick has been playing since the age of two years old and writing since he was 13, his compositions draw both from his deep love of hard-bop, Blues, and West African Music — Wayne Shorter, Art Blakey, Salif Keita, Horace Silver, Elvin Jones, Freddie Hubbard are chief influences, as they also reflect the rhythms of his West-African heritage.

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