Assane Kouyate and Ousseynou Kouyate are talented twins born and raised in Senegal, West Africa, of a family line originating in Mali and Guinea. The name “Kouyate” is very famous in West Africa. They are descendants of a long line of griots known in their native Mandinko language as jelis (djélis).Griots are the poets, genealogists, history tellers and keepers of West African song and dance traditions. Assane & Ousseynou Kouyate were raised and trained in these cultural traditions. They have been singing,dancing and performing professionally since the age of 13 and were lead dancers and choreographers with Le Ballet National du Senegal and the Sinomew Ballet of Senegal. They danced professionally with both ballets for over 5 years, touring internationally throughout South and North America, Europe, Africa and Taiwan. The duo has also electrified audiences, gracing the stage with many renown West African artists including Youssou N’Dour, Ami Koita, Baaba Maal and Kine Lam to name a few. Now residing in the United States, “the twins” as they are affectionally called, are committed to educating people about their culture and sharing the profound beauty of their art. As teachers, they have instructed classes and workshops in Africa, Europe and the United States. They have also developed their own company.