Falle Nioke is a singer and percussionist from Guinea Conakry, West Africa. Youkounkoun is the name of his village, where the Coniagui tribe live. Their language is also called Coniagui. Additionally, he sings in French, English, Susu, Fulani and Malinke, and plays a range of African instruments to accompany his voice (gongoma, Bolon, Cassi).
Since arriving in the UK three years ago, after a period travelling around West Africa, singing with a troupe of musicians and learning different cultural rhythms, the 34 year old has been making music with a number of producers, including Johan Hugo, Congo Natty, sir Was and Ghost Culture.
His live solo show is a soulful performance of his own creation in a traditional African style, although often performs with Alabaster De Plume, Congo Natty and the band Soma World.
Last year, Falle Nioke built on his significant fan base in Guinea by signing to London label PRAH Recordings to release Youkounkoun, a collaboration with Ghost Culture. The release earned mass critical acclaim and spawned three A Listed singles at BBC Radio 6 Music.