Seckou Keita

Seckou releases video for Kouma

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Seckou has released a video for Kouma, a track from his excellent CD “Miro” ahead of its full release in France.

Click to watch the video. Appropriately, since the song is about communication and interpretation/misinterpretation, it is also one of the few videos that features signalling for hard of hearing viewers (something Seckou was very insistent should be included).

 

A translation of the song reads

Please tell him. Tell him not to misinterpret my words.
I’m talking to those who listen carefully.
A mentor gives advice; a griot sings his truth.
Someone who speaks likes his words but must remember that those words will be repeated many times.
Please tell him not to misunderstand what I am trying to say.
Please do not destroy their meaning.
A griot will choose they words carefully;
I send my words to you but you will try to hear what I am not saying.
I know you are clever but that not my intention .Do not read between the lines or choose what you want to hear.
A trouser with only one leg full of words will fall over. You must get the other side of the argument and fill the other leg.
We have two ears two eyes. But one mouth
Listen with Both ears, watch with both eyes but speak only once
When you say something, be careful and make sure you only have to say it once.
For goodness sake let’s not re-interpret the truth. Don’t make it up.
Sometimes words have different meanings so be careful that you understand correctly.
It is not always easy to see the good in someone and what they do until much later.
Don’t make me say something I didn’t say or suggest I did something I didn’t do
You might not fully understand what I am saying now. So wait until you do before you speak

 

Seckou featured in Dancetag app

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Zq12_r2lSeckou has a track featured in the new dance craze app Dancetag… (Twitter for dancers!)

Anyone with a smartphone can play. Download the app, choose one of the 30 second pieces of music (including Seckou's) and then tag interesting places by filming yourself dancing there, and then share your video. You can choose to play just for fun or you can challenge others and become dance champion of your favourite place.

For more info go to http://www.dancetagapp.com/

 

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

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

Seckou & Catrin New Tour Dates

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

9089336054_d33bf7774d_oSeckou and Catrin will be out on the road again. Firstly couple of dates in March:

  • 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!

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

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

Ceffylau on Desert Island Discs

Saturday, January 11th, 2014

did_logo_text11Ceffylau from the album Clychau Dibon was played on BBC Radio 4's Desert Islnd Discs over the festive season. Kirsty Young's castaway that week was Gillian Clarke.

Wales's National Poet, she has received the Queen's Gold Medal for her work. She writes about everything from dinosaurs to suicide, but the potency and power of nature is a recurring motif.

 

We are in the Guardian Top 5!

Friday, January 10th, 2014

http://www.cyclingscotland.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/184_2349_guardian_logo.jpgThe Guardian's Robin Denselow has named Clychau Dibon in his the top five album picks of 2013. "This is an intriguing fusion project in which Catrin Finch, the celebrated Welsh harp player, teamed up with Seckou Keita, an exponent of the West African harp, the kora. The result is an elegant instrumental set that mixes tranquil, hypnotic passages with rapid-fire improvisation, as the melody lines constantly switch between the two instruments."

http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2013/dec/23/robin-denselow-top-five-world-music-albums-of-2013

A good start to the New Year!