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AMJ one-off live show

Friday, April 11th, 2014

todAMJ will be making a rare live appearance at the Tribe Of Doris spring party on 12th April.

http://www.tribeofdoris.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Tribe-Of-Doris-Spring-Party-Final.jpg for more details.

Guardian: “Seckou Keita provided the most hypnotic instrumental work of the night”

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Seckou amd Salif 2From the review by Robin Denselow in the Guardian of Salif Keita at the Barbican (London) April 2014 with Seckou supporting.

"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!

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/apr/09/salif-keita-seckou-keita-review

 

Seckou and Catrin WOMAD, Cambridge and Shambala Festival Update

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

It has just been announced that Catrin and Seckou will be playing:

2012_womad_logotype_colour_large24th-27th July Click for details

 

canbThurs 31st July. Click for details

shambala21 – 24 August   Click for details

SONGLINES MUSIC AWARD NOMINATION FOR CATRIN & SECKOU

Friday, March 14th, 2014
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Songlines magazine have announced that Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita have been nominated for the Best Cross-Cultural Collaboration category in the Songlines Music Awards 2014 and have released a compilation album featuring all nominated artists  
Now in their sixth year the awards, voted by Songlines readers and the general public, endeavour to celebrate and acknowledge the wealth of musical talent around the world.
For more information go to Songlines Music Awards 2014
 

CLYCHAU DIBON STRAIGHT IN AT NUMBER 50 IN DUTCH NATIONAL CHARTS!

Friday, March 7th, 2014

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Catrin and Seckou related titles reduced on iTunes

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

itunesWe have a special offer on itunes at the moment for the following gems from our back catalogue (for a limited period only):


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

Two Keitas for the price of one! Seckou supports Salif.

Friday, January 24th, 2014

salifSeckou 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

Toto La Momposina Announces European Tour 2014

Friday, January 24th, 2014

LatestToto will be touring Europe in February 2014 with her full band.

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

Rootsworld Review for Catrin & Seckou

Friday, January 24th, 2014

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

French review of The Brave from Culture Dub

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

AMJ meets RSD ft. Mariama Kouyate – The Brave – 12″ Astar Music

Voici une sortie pour le moins atypique que nous a envoyé en avant première le label anglais Astar… Une rencontre improbable entre le Sénégal et le dub anglais, disponible prochainement en vinyle.

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AMJ meets RSD ft. Mariama Kouyate – 12″ The Brave

Créé par un musicien aventurier du nom de John Hollis, le label Astar Artes, que l’on qualifierait de world music, s’apprête à sortir un second vinyle de la rencontre entre AMJ et RSD. Si vous connaissez sûrement RSD (Rob Smith, membre du duo trip-hop Smith & Mighty), le nom de AMJ ne vous dit peut-être rien… AMJ est un collectif de musiciens formé autour d’Andy Clarke à la batterie, Mark Spence à la basse et du producteur John Hollis (ex membre du groupe de reggae anglais Restriction).

Mariama Kouyate

 Pour ce second vinyle en commun, ils ont décidé de faire appel à une jeune chanteuse de Dakar, Mariama Kouyate. Ses mots, chantés en mandingue et en wolof, parlent des différentes luttes de la vie, précisant qu’avec la pensée positive, nous pouvons relever les défis et les surmonter.

La mélodie a été écrite dans les années 1980 par Basil Anderson du  groupe Restriction pour la chanson « I Want to be Alone ». Pour cette nouvelle version, AMJ a invité, outre Mariama Kouyaté, le guitariste sénégalais Moustapha Gaye sur le titre « Kana Bori », le cubain Jose Zalba sur la version à la flûte traversière, ainsi que ses compatriotes Vicente Arrencibia aux congas et Michel Salazar aux claviers.

Le résultat est étonnant, une sorte de reggae dub très mélodieux, avec la touche de stepper de RSD qu’il faut pour faire vivre le morceau décliné en 4 versions.

AMJ meets RSD ft. Mariama Kouyate – The Brave (Astar Music)

  1. The Brave (Mounia-La)
  2. The Brave – Dub
  3. Kana Bori
  4. The Brave – Flute Cut

Le vinyle sera disponible le 3 Mars 2014. Plus d’infos sur www.amjcollective.com

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Original post at Culture Dub