"Seckou Keita, who opened the show, is a British-based kora player who recorded one of the finest albums of last year with the Welsh harpist Catrin Finch. Here playing solo, he sang well and provided the most delicate and hypnotic instrumental work of the night."
Seckou rocked it!
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Catrin Finch & Cimarron ‘Yn Byw’ £4.99, https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/quitapesares/id337659212?i=337659458&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Seckou Keita SKQ ‘The Silimbo Passage’ £4.99, https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-silimbo-passage/id307759635
Seckou Keita ‘Mira’ £5.99 https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/hino/id563834349?i=563834484&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
- March 01 Rasa Harp Festival Utrecht NL
- March 14 Queen Elizabeth Hall (FRoots 35th Anniversary Show) London
Then it is a tour in May:
- May 02 Wyeside Arts Centre Builth Wells
- May 03 Taliesin Arts Centre Swansea
- May 04 Theatr Mwldan Cardigan
- May 08 The Roses Tewkesbury
- May 09 The Sage Gateshead
- May 10 Royal Northern College of Music Manchester
- May 11 Usher Hall Edinburgh
- May 13 St Davids Hall Cardiff
- May 14 Bush Hall London
- May 15 Borough Theatre Abergavenny
- May 16 The Welfare Ystradgynlais
- May 17 MOMA Machynlleth
See you there!
Seckou will be playing a solo show supporting Salif Keita at the Barbican Centre, London on 8th April. For tickets and info go to https://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=15337
The dates are:
2014-02-14 RASA UTRECHT
2014-02-15 THEATRE MOLIERE BRUSSELS
2014-02-16 GROUNDS ROTTERDAM
2014-02-18 KONZERTHAUS DORTMUND
2014-02-19 KONZERTHAUS BERLIN
2014-02-20 BRUCKNERHAUS LINZ
2014-02-22 ELBPHILHARMONIE HAMBURG
2014-02-27 ROCKSTORE MONTPELLIER
2014-02-28 SALA APOLO BARCELONA
Go to the events page for more ticket details
Alex Brown writes in Rootsworld magazine the month:
"While these two musicians come from different backgrounds, the music of Wales and West Africa have long been passed down over generations through oral history. Throughout Clychau Dibon, fragments of Welsh and Manding melodies intersect to form dynamic interpretations of traditional tunes, in addition to original compositions written by Keita.
While the kora and harp sound strikingly similar, their playing styles are quite different. Thanks to John Hollis’ production, the subtleties of Finch and Keita’s techniques are easy to hear and distinguish. Both instruments are soothing to the ear, but don’t think this is background music. To hear all of the intricacies, take some time to sit down and absorb this beautiful music. The strings roll in and out like waves, cascading plucked majesty through the speakers.
Finch and Keita seem to accomplish everything they set out to capture on this recording. The interplay between both musicians is fascinating and remarkable. When one performer takes a lead, the other offers support with vibrant arpeggios and harmonies. Through slow, delicate passages or quick, jaunty embellishments, Keita’s bass string rhythm brings balance to each song, setting the pace through slight alterations of tempo. The cultures of Wales and Senegal may differ, but these artists share their musical histories with honesty and enthusiasm"
For the full review go to: http://www.rootsworld.com/reviews/finch-keita-14.shtml