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


Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita Paris debut on InfoAfrique

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

Catrin & Seckou: New Videos

Monday, April 29th, 2013

We are proud to announce the release of two new live performance videos from Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita:




Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Seckou released a video for Senegalese TV which was played on all the 5 main channels over the election weekend and continues to pick up plenty of interest.The lyric of Rewmi appeals for peace and unity to tackle together the problems facing us all and demands we take responsibility as individuals, families, communities, governments and corporations. We may think we are clean but we should think again and wash our hands.

Toto Plays For Change

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

Toto La Momposina has taken part in a video for the excellent Playing For Change, featuring over 75 musicians across Colombia.. Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. You can find out more at

Seckou Keita’s solo perfomance of ‘Souaressi’ during Edinburgh Festival 2011

Friday, February 3rd, 2012


Seckou performing at TED Geneva

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

Seckou and his sister Binta performing at TED Geneva in 2011

Introducing AKA Trio

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011


★★★★ the Scotsman
AKA trio Antonio Forcione, Seckou Keita , Adriano Adewale
Performing at the Assembly main Hall – 14-19 Aug Edinburgh Fest
Saturday September 10th, 2011 11:05

ThreeWeeks – ED2011 Music Review: Antonio Forcione
There are no words to describe the greatness of this show. In the most epic trio of musical perfection I have ever come across, acoustic guitarist Antonio Forcione is joined by Seckou Keita on the kora and percussionist Adriano Adewale. Not only are the performers' musical abilities mind-blowing, but the passion and genuine joy of playing for others brilliantly shines on their faces and temporarily blinds you, so that, in the extremely rare occurrence that they make a mistake, you'll be none the wiser. Every single audience member was mesmerised by this performance; it is easily one of the best shows I have ever seen, in and out of the Fringe. It would be tragic to miss this.
Antonio Forcione: "A major international guitar virtuoso …Remarkable personal magnetism" JAZZFM –

Seckou Keita: "The Hendrix of the Kora" MUSIC NEWS –

Adriano Adewale: "A whole percussion orchestra by himself" British Theatre Guide –

★★★★ AKA Trio review from the Scotsman
Assembling a collective of international musical ideas, these three musical masters have beautifully captured a concoction of world music. Each equally skilled with a supreme knowledge of music, Forcione, Keita and Adewale allow their intricate fast running melodies to weave together and drive the music forward in a beautiful chase. Audiences are guaranteed a powerful and dynamic show of wit, personality and musical virtuosity.
By Jim Gilchrist
Published: 18/8/2011

Asere project at Musicport 2011

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Asere were pleased to be invited by Musicport and Music4U to work with students from Headlands school in Bridlington for three days and perform with them at the festival. Catch a glimpse with the film footage and photos here

CALLE 13 Unveils Video Featuring Toto La Momposina For Acclaimed New Single “Latinoamérica”

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

"Latinoamérica"  the Latin Grammy nominated new single features guest vocals from Toto La Momposina and finds Calle 13 Capturing The Faces And Inner Soul of a Hemisphere. The video has been posted online and has already had over 2.5 million hits in 12 days.

Calle 13 calls for solidarity across the Americas in “Latinoamérica,” which features three tradition-stretching guest singers — Susana Baca from Peru, Totó la Momposina from Colombia and Maria Rita from Brazil — over a hybrid Andean rhythm, with Mr. Pérez rapping, “I am Latin America, a land with no legs that still walks.” – NEW YORK TIMES

"Latinoamérica is the most important song we have done, documenting what we were, what we are and what it means to be Latin American. I think that strengthens our identity and helps us to remember and never forget.” – Rene “Residente” Perez