Lionel Loueke (born 1973) is a guitarist born in the west African country of Benin. He moved to Ivory Coast in 1990 to study at the National Institute of Art. He attended the American School of Modern Music in Paris, France from 1994-1998. In 1999, Loueke was awarded a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, where he earned a degree in Jazz Performance in 2000.
I think Loueke is really talented. His music is very soothing and arranged perfectly. He is one of Benin's best kept secrets. Listen to some of his music below.
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Skylark by Lionel Loueke
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Loueke is naturally gifted in music, and he expresses himself effortlessly.
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