Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita

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‘Old Welsh harp songs, Manding kora staples, Latin dashes, Celtic arias and more woven together to create something new that also possessed enough depth to sound sage, even timeless.’ Andy Morgan

A stunning shared musical journey between two world class virtuosos – Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and West African kora player Seckou Keita.

From Casamance in Senegal, Seckou Keita is both a member of the royal Keita dynasty from Mali (through his father), and a griot, a traditional West African praise singer (through his mother’s family, the Cissokhos, from Senegal). He has built a formidable reputation as “an inspired exponent of the kora”(The Guardian) and is “a brilliant live performer with stacks of charisma” (Lucy Duran, Radio BBC3).

One of the leaders of the newest generation of African traditional musicians, Seckou combines his own musical heritage with a willingness to embrace the traditional forms and instruments of other cultures.

Harpist Catrin Finch is one of Wales’ leading international musical ambassadors, and one of the world’s finest players of this most Welsh of instruments. The “Queen of Harps”, Catrin was Royal Harpist to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales from 2000-2004. Her concert appearances with the world’s top orchestras span the globe and she has worked alongside artists such as Bryn Terfel, Sir James Galway and Julian Lloyd-Webber.

The harp occupies a vital place in the incredibly rich cultures of both Senegal and Wales. The West African harp – the kora – played by Seckou is made from a dried gourd and fishing line; the Welsh harp, played by Catrin, is one of the most iconic symbols of a nation steeped in music. Remarkably, both nations share a centuries-old bardic tradition of intricate oral history, expressed through music, song and verse.

 


Siwrnai gerddorol ranedig dau virtuoso o’r radd flaenaf oll – y delynores o Gymru Catrin Finch a’r chwaraewr kora o Orllewin Affrica, Seckou Keita.

O Gasamance yn Senegal, mae Seckou Keita yn aelod o frenhinlin Keita o Mali (trwy ei dad), ac yn ‘griot’, canwr mawl traddodiadol o Orllewin Affrica (trwy deulu ei fam, y  Cissokhos, o Senegal).  Mae ganddo enw rhagorol fel “an inspired exponent of the Kora” (The Guardian) ac mae’n “a brilliant live performer with stacks of charisma” (Lucy Duran, Radio BBC3).

Un o arweinwyr y genhedlaeth ddiweddaraf o gerddorion traddodiadol o Affrica, mae Seckou yn cyfuno ei etifeddiaeth gerddorol ei hun gyda pharodrwydd i gofleidio ffurfiau ac offerynnau traddodiadol diwylliannau eraill.     

Mae’r delynores Catrin Finch yn un o gynrychiolwyr rhyngwladol cerddorol arweiniol Cymru, ac yn un o chwaraewyr gorau’r byd ar yr offeryn mwyaf Cymreigaidd hwn.Roedd Catrin “Queen of Harps”, yn Delynores Frenhinol Ei Uchelder Brenhinol y Tywysog Siarl o 2000-2004. Mae ei hymddangosiadau gyda cherddorfeydd gorau’r byd yn rhychwantu’r blaned ac mae wedi gweithio gydag artistiaid megis Bryn Terfel, Syr James Galway a Julian Lloyd-Webber.

Mae gan y delyn safle canolog yn niwylliant hynod gyfoethog Senegal a Chymru. Mae telyn Gorllewin Affrica – y kora – a chwaraeir gan Seckou wedi ei wneud o gowrd sych a llinell bysgota; mae’r delyn Gymreig, a chwaraeir gan Catrin, yn un o’r symbolau mwyaf eiconig gwlad gyda cherddoriaeth wrth ei chalon. Yn rhyfeddol, mae’r ddwy wlad yn rhannau traddodiad barddonol hynafol o hanesion llafar cywrain, wedi eu mynegi trwy gerddoriaeth, cân a phennill.

Daw Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita o Astar Artes a Theatr Mwldan, cynhyrchwyr prosiectau rhyngwladol llwyddiannus diweddar Billy Cobham & Asere a Catrin Finch & Cimarron.

Supported by the Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales.
Wedi ei noddi’n rhannol gan Lywodraeth Cymru a Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru.

 

Cyd-Gynhyrchiad Theatr Mwldan | Astar Artes Co-Production

Supported by the Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales.

Wedi ei noddi’n rhannol gan Lywodraeth Cymru a Gyngor Celfyddydau Cymru.

 

PRESS QUOTES:


‘Old Welsh harp songs, Manding kora staples, Latin dashes, Celtic arias and more woven together to create something new that also possessed enough depth to sound sage, even timeless.’ Andy Morgan

'If you closed your eyes you might just have glimpsed the late medieval Welsh harpist Robert ap Huw landing on a West African shore, trading his slate-grey skies for the shimmering light of Africa and the busy dark flow of the Taff for the lazy effortless meander of the Gambia river.' Andy Morgan

‘the marriage of harp and kora seems blessed to be long, warm and fruitful.’ Andy Morgan