~ Kemenade Quintet & Les Frères Guissé

Les Frères Guissé & Paul van Kemenade Quintet +

The music of the three brothers Djiby, Aliou and Cheikh Guissé belongs to the traditional West African folk music. With their close harmony singing, two acoustic guitars and a variety of percussion, the three Guissé brothers really do mesmerize all audience for whom they play.

The Paul van Kemenade Quintet( 25 year anniversary in 2007 and Van Kemenade (Boy Edgar Prijs ’ 99)  is also 30 year professional musician in 2007) – never wait too long for another occasion to experience the magic of music acquaintances and it has untill now allready got to meet more than a few. Playing with a popgroup, classical orchestras, South African musiciens or other (inter)national guests makes their musical journey one of the most diverse and culturally rich. Imagine both Les Freres Guissé and the Paul van Kemenade Quintet playing together and you get an amazing performance of genuine music. A cocktail of different cultures melt together in compositions written by les Frères Guissé and compositions by Van Kemenade.

 Personel: Djiby Guissé – voc & guitar, Cheikh Guissé – voc & guitar, Aliou Guissé – percussion & voc, Rein Godefroy – piano & fender, Pieter Bast – drums, Wiro Mahieu – bass, Louk Boudesteijn – trombone, Herman van Haaren – violin, Paul van Kemenade – altosax . 


The folkoric music of the three brothers Djibi Guissé (guitar/vocals), Cheik Guissé (guitar/vocals) and Aliou Guissé ( djembé/ percussion) is based on different rhythms of the Toucouleur; (people living in the North of Senegal and Mauretania, also the home area of Baaba Maal). They are singing in different West African languages but mainly in their own pular ( peul), which is spoken in a lot of other West African countries.

The three brothers prefer saying that their music is universal for all ages and races, influenced by different musical directions but is strongly based on their own folkoric music.
Since 1988 they have been playing in an acoustic setting and have created a unique and personal sound and nowadays they are very well known in Africa.
Their songs call to mind the difficulties of daily life, youngsters’ problems. With two acoustic guitars and a djembé, the three Guissé brothers mesmerize all the audiences they meet with.


CD : Fouta (Van Kemenade & Freres Guisse) – Foundation Paul van Kemenade