El Hadj Djeli Sory Kouyate is one of the most famous bala players of his generation. He played with Sory Kandia Kouyate, his direct relative, and worked with many great famous players of traditional and modern music.
He performs many famous Manding folksongs at the bala, accompanied by a traditional band, with the mastery inherent to the art of the great jèlílujèlílu (plural, jèlílu) are bards, loremasters, and praise-singers in the Manding areas whose functions are story-telling, speaking about lineages, singing and playing music as they want and hear it. relatives of Bala Fasseke Kouyate.
On his Anthology of the Manding balaphon, he shows a perfect demonstration of his art : mastering in a very traditional way the great 22 blades bala, El Hadj Djeli Sory Kouyate is accompanied with the bala by Touma Moudou Kouyate, and other traditional instruments like : the traditional flute (buru), the double clarinet (tunni), the curved harp (bolon), or the only one stringed viele (sôkoun).